Ellis Apologizes for Calling High School in GB a “Sewer”

1/27/12 – The president of the Wisconsin Senate has apologized for calling Green Bay Preble High School a “sewer” during a private dinner with some colleagues at a Madison restaurant. Somebody used a cell phone to record Mike Ellis’s conversation — and it ended up on PolitiScoop-Dot-Com. His group was talking about the possibility of expanding private school voucher programs beyond Milwaukee and Racine. The voucher program gives state tax funding to low-income kids to attend private schools, with a goal of escaping poverty. Ellis, of Neenah, brought up the idea of letting just part of a school district be in the program — and he used Green Bay as an example. In the recording, he said quote, “Green Bay East is fine. West is fine. Preble’s a sewer. They have the poverty possum.” Ellis said he was only mentioning a hypothetical example. He apologized to a reporter, and said he called the Green Bay superintendent to aplogize as well. Preble students, staff members, and parents went to the school to protest Ellis’s remarks and highlight the school’s achievements.