Thu., 8:36 pm: Trumbull County NAACP to hold conference on education crisis

COMING FRIDAY: Trumbull County NAACP President Annette McCoy wants to talk about what she calls the education crisis facing students in the Mahoning Valley.

“To me, when you look at what we have to offer in the Valley for our youth, education is the key to bringing jobs here and building a future, and we have failed them,” McCoy said.

McCoy and the local branch of the NAACP will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. Saturday at the ACOP Center, 2051 Niles Road, Warren, to address ways to improve the problems facing both the Warren and Youngstown City School districts.

Much of McCoy’s concern stems from recent scores from local students on third grade reading tests. Last month, 67 percent of Warren City Schools third-graders passed new stricter reading requirements. Under the state’s new Third Grade Reading Guarantee, students can be held back if they don’t meet tough new reading targets.

Last year, 28 percent of students in Warren passed the same test, compared to a state average of 88 percent.

Read more in the Friday Tribune Chronicle.