by Dr. Terry Stoops
Former Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
Only 11 states spend a higher percentage of their state budget on K-12 education than North Carolina.
In the Southeast, only Georgia spends a larger share of its budget on elementary and secondary education.
U.S. Average: 19.5 percent
Courtesy of the National Association of Budget Officers (NASBO) State Expenditure Report (Fiscal 2014-2016)