Emotions were high Thursday evening as the Southern Tier Advocates for Public Education rallied on Corning’s Market Street. 

Concerned educators, school-related professionals, parents, community members and even students assembled outside of Congressman Tom Reed’s office to express their feelings towards a number of ongoing issues.

At the forefront of concern lies the privatization and loss of federal funding for public education, as well as the disagreement for the President-Elect’s choice of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. 

“I’ll put it bluntly, she is a nightmare,” mathematics educator, Matt Hill said. “She’s never been in a public school, she has never worked in a public school, she didn’t go to public schools, her kid didn’t go to public schools. She has no experience. She is unqualified. She’s not under qualified, she is completely unqualified. It is the worst cabinet pick that has been put forward thus far.”

The group is hopeful that Congressman Reed will hear their concerns and voice them to House Speaker, Paul Ryan.