By Ryan McCarthy
Solano County Board of Education trustees turned down Elite Charter School by a 4-3 vote Wednesday after supporters said the school would address an achievement gap for African-American and Latino students but opponents said public schools are dealing with the gap.
“It’s a hard call,” Trustee Peggy Cohen-Thompson said. “It’s a very hard call.”
She along with Trustees Mayrene Bates and Michell Coleman voted for Dana Dean’s motion to deny the Elite Charter School petition.
Bates spoke about attending all-black schools from kindergarten to college and protests about the separation of races.
She said she was concerned when hearing proposals to do more for one group than another.