According to research performed by the National Education Association, North Carolina has dropped to 48th in the nation for per student spending and average teacher salaries.

From the N&O:

North Carolina’s per pupil spending for the 2012-13 school year is estimated at $8,433 with only Texas, Utah and Arizona spending less per student. The U.S. average is $11,068.

The state also ranks No. 48 in teacher salary among the 50 states and District of Columbia in the current school year, paying an average $45,947. Only Oklahoma, Mississippi and South Dakota pay less. The U.S. average is $56,383.

Under the Dome – North Carolina ranks No.48 in per student spending, average teacher salaries
National Education Association – Rankings of the States 2012 and Estimates of School Statistics 2013