The forum is happening this evening at East Wake High School in Wendell.
The NAACP is joining several groups in filing a complaint against the school system with the U.S. Department of Justice. Their complaint is also against local police departments in Wake County.
They are accusing administrators and police of what they describe as a "troubled pattern" of civil rights and due process violations.
Advocates for children's services are also in the complaint. They say officers are routinely being used for discipline matters.
All eight student listed in the complaint are African-American, and seven have disabilities.
Parents, teachers, and others are invited to share concerns about the school system and common core at tonight's forum.