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. 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 to strengthen protections to and expanding resources for disability rights.
Jerry also supports strengthening federal protections under Title IX to ensure women are not discriminated on the basis of sex. Likewise, we must ensure that those accused of sexual harassment and assault in school settings are held accountable and properly investigated. Jerry advocates for Congress enacting laws that seek to eliminate the discriminatory use and overuse of exclusionary discipline practices. Specifically, he supports federal laws that prevent the criminalization and adultication of students in school, especially Black and brown girls, due to discriminatory and punitive discipline policies and practices. These harmful practices perpetuate the school-to-prison pipeline and are unacceptable. Jerry also recognizes Congress’s role in providing support for students with mental health needs or those experiencing trauma.