State and local elected officials from western Massachusetts joined educators and community members in Northampton Saturday to show their support for local public schools.

A rally was held at Northampton City Hall where people expressed their concerns with the proposed expansion of the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School. 

The charter school recently made its third request to the state for expansion, asking to increase its maximum enrollment to 952, which is almost double its current enrollment of 493.

Education Commissioner Jeff Riley and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education are accepting public input on the proposal until December 3rd.