Students in trouble in school are more likely to end up in the criminal justice system according to research.
The Macon-Bibb County NAACP wants to educate parents about that issue.
"We have to figure out a way to keep our kids in school"
President of Macon's NAACP Gwenette Westbrooks is not talking about the dropout rate, but what she calls another epidemic in Georgia's school system.
"Most of the kids that are affected by the schools to prison pipeline are kids of color" said Westbrooks.
In Macon-Bibb County last year, African Americans made up 73% of the student population but accounted for 85% of suspensions. In severe cases, they're sent to the state department of juvenile justice.
"They're placed in our juvenile system. They continue to be repeat offenders. They end up in prison," said Westbrooks.