RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina policymakers, parents and teachers are trying to figure what to do about the number of public school suspensions, while trying to keep students safe.

A coalition of groups worried about the issue is holding a statewide 'summit' Friday in Raleigh. State Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Secretary Linda Hayes is among the scheduled speakers.

Action for Children North Carolina says North Carolina has the fourth highest suspension rate in the country and minor school-based behavior accounts for more than 40 percent of complaints filed against children in juvenile court.

The summit also will examine alternatives to suspension.

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