The Texas Senate Education and Criminal Justice committees are meeting jointly to discuss how schools treat troublesome students.
Members meeting Tuesday in Austin will attempt a comprehensive review of school disciplinary practices. They'll also cover the disproportionate treatment of some groups of children and how often they're referred to law enforcement for criminal prosecution.
The meeting comes a day after the monitoring group Texas Appleseed released results of a survey of 11 public school districts that serve a quarter of the state's public school students. The survey found officials spend $227 million a year on disciplinary programs and school security.