"Kindergarten is a legalized process, so the pressure was on to address keeping students in school," Gilliam said. "We are not there with preschool."

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By the numbers

The following are the number of pre-kindergarten suspensions in the Baltimore-area school systems for the 2012-2013 school year:

Anne Arundel County: 19

Baltimore City: 33

Baltimore County: 1

Carroll County: 0

Harford County: 2

Howard County: 0

Source: Data provided by the individual school systems