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NC Teachers’ Union releases spending estimates

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The country’s largest teacher union is out
with annual public school spending estimates that say North
Carolina’s ranking improved slightly since last year.

The North Carolina affiliate of the National Education
Association said Tuesday the state’s No. 42 ranking for per pupil
expenditures this school year doesn’t hide that spending fell a
little compared to the year before – when the NEA report ranked
North Carolina 45th among 50 states and the District of Columbia
for similar expenditures.

State budget critics have used low rankings as proof education
suffers under Republican rule of the Legislature.

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 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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