The Florida Senate approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would freeze class size counts at the schoolwide level Thursday.
The 26-12 vote fell mostly on party lines.
Sen. J. Alex Villalobos of Miami, the sole Republican to vote against the measure, lectured the Senate on their priorities prior to the vote.
"We come up here and we pontificate all the time and it is almost like we know better than everyone else and we don't," he said to an unusually quiet Senate floor.
Directing more dollars toward education to pay for smaller classes during lean years is worth the economic headache, he said.
"I really believe that we have no higher calling than to try to help our kids and if that's tough, well that's what you got elected to do, to come up here and do the tough thing," he said.