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Parents Push Back After Seeing Iowa City Budget Cuts

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - Parents are hoping to make their voices heard after Iowa City Community School District officials announced budget cuts for the upcoming school year.

The district will eliminate seventh grade football and foreign language. They will also scale back music programs at the junior high and grade school level. Specifically they'll cut general music courses in the middle school and remove fourth grade orchestra.

"We want people to know about these cuts," said Chad Scott, an executive committee member of the Iowa City Music Auxiliary, a parent organization that supports music programs. "Music is so important in our community."

Scott said he was surprised the district would cut back on music programs in a culture-rich community.

Wednesday parents scrambled to start facebook pages in support of various programs.

"Eliminating foreign languages is a disservice to our kids," said Ulrike Carlson, a mother of two young children and native German speaker.

Carlson helped start a facebook page to oppose the reduction of foreign language programs.

Both parents said they understand the district has to make cuts of up to $3.6 million, but they hope officials will reconsider where those cuts are made.

"We want to spread the message out there to get community members involved," Scott said. "It's time to speak out."

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