Green Bay Seeks To Stop Voucher Expansion

2/5/12 – The Green Bay School Board is trying to stop the state’s private school voucher program from taking effect in that district. The Board unanimously voted to ask Governor Scott Walker and area legislators to pass a bill that keeps the voucher program from expanding beyond Milwaukee County and Racine. The Senate has passed the bill, but the Assembly has not — and Green Bay school officials want it to pass before the legislative session ends in March. The voucher program gives tax-funded aid to low-income kids to attend private schools, with the goal of getting a better education and escaping poverty. But public schools object in part because they lose state aid in the process. Senate G-O-P President Mike Ellis stirred the issue last week when he was secretly recorded in a Madison restaurant saying he’d like to see parts of school districts be covered. To make his point, he called Green Bay Preble High School a “sewer” — something he later apologized for.