The $14.4 billion budget included money for smaller class sizes in early grades, the "More at Four" pre-kindergarten program for underprivileged 4-year-olds and a pilot program to give bonuses to teachers who close the minority achievement gap.
Today, Dalton fired back, saying that he worked on the budget with the governor to make sure that cuts did not hurt schools.
"Because he has no record of accomplishment of his own, Hampton is once again distorting my record," Dalton said in a statement. "I don't remember seeing or hearing from Hampton in 2001 when he was a staffer for Gov. Easley."