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.READ MORE: Haltom City Police Officer Dies After Battle With COVID-19
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.READ MORE: Dallas Nonprofit Serving More Students' Mental Health Needs Since COVID-19 Pandemic Started
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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