North Carolina now ranks 42nd nationwide for the amount of money spent per student in public schools, which is a better ranking than last year. That's despite spending going down.
North Carolina Association of Educators' President Sheri Strickland says the data show schools are hurting.
Terry Stoops with the conservative John Locke Foundation wrote the figures dismiss allegations by some that North Carolina ranks 49th.
Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.