AUSTIN (AP) – A survey of 11 public school districts who teach a quarter of Texas children found that officials spend $227 million a year on disciplinary programs and school security.

Texas Appleseed, a group that monitors how schools discipline children, released the report a day before the Texas Senate how schools treat troublesome students.

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The survey included a blend of schools from inner city Houston to suburban Plano and rural Bryan.

Districts reported spending millions on expulsions, in-school suspensions, alternative schools and policing. The results come as school districts are suing the state for funding cuts and conservatives complain about spending.

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The group said it released the report on Monday to start a discussion about how best to spend taxpayer money on public schools and what disciplinary programs work.

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