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.