N.C. 48th in per student spending and average teacher salaries

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.