NC pinches pennies on per-student spending

There's still room to get worse, but not much:

North Carolina ranks among the worst in the nation in terms of education spending per student, according to a new Census report.

The state spent $7,996 per student during the 2007-08 school year, better than only six other states: Mississippi ($7,901), Tennessee ($7,739), Oklahoma ($7,685), Arizona ($7,608), Idaho ($6,931) and Utah ($5,765).

New York spent the most on each elementary, middle and high school student, at $17,173, while nationally, the per-pupil spending totaled $10,259.