As educators, Jerry and his wife Emily are staunch supporters of public education. Funding disparities between schools in poor neighborhoods and those in wealthier neighborhoods have created a pervasive achievement gap that disproportionately affects students of color. In Pittsburgh, the disparities in school suspensions are glaring. One in five Black girls and one in three Black boys are suspended at least once during the school year, far more than their white peers. White men and women are three times more likely to have a college degree than Black men and women in the city. We can do better.
In Congress, Jerry will fight for increased federal funding to build capacity in our schools, so that children in our poorest neighborhoods have access to resources equal to wealthier schools. Jerry is also a strong proponent of increasing Early Childhood Education funding for Head Start, making college education more affordable, canceling student debt, and expanding federal programs for special education, disability rights and and greater resources for the deaf education. Jerry supports strengthening federal protections under Title IX to ensure women are not discriminated on the basis of sex. We must ensure that those accused of sexual harassment and assault in school settings are held accountable and properly investigated. Jerry plans to increase Title I funding to ensure more equitable distributions of resources to poorer school districts.