The local chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is holding an emergency education stakeholder meeting Monday to discuss the high rates of suspensions among pre-kindergartners in Baltimore City.

According to a release from the organization, ministers, educators, elected officials, activists, and community and civil rights leaders will gather at the Faith Church in Baltimore at 6 p.m. to discuss the issue after a revelation that Baltimore city schools noted the most out-of-school suspensions for 3- and 4-year-olds in the area.

The Baltimore Sun found that pre-K students were regularly suspended in Maryland school districts over the past five years — 91 students were suspended in the 2011-2012 school year, the latest data available. Last year, the city had 33 cases of out-of school suspensions for the age group, an increase from the previous year.

While other school districts acknowledged efforts to curb the practice, city school officials did not respond to several requests for comment.

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