"It comes to our childrens' future. Politics must stop at the schoolhouse door," President Clinton said.
The President urged Senate Republican leaders to allow a vote on a proposal that would provide grants for schools to hire more teachers.
Mr. Clinton said he wants to reduce the national average of pupil/teacher ratios in the first through third grades from 22 students per teacher to just 18.
Senate Republicans have blocked a proposal to provide another round of grants to help schools reach the goal Mr. Clinton set in 1998 of hiring 100-thousand new teachers.
President Clinton says the choice is simple: "smaller classes, or more partisanship."