Author: Chris Funk (Chris Funk)

Funk: How to support distance learning after schools fully reopen

As the last few school districts in San Jose are finishing the pandemic school year and beginning their summer breaks, school districts across the state are planning for and collectively committing to ensuring that reopening of schools this fall means in-person instruction is the default education program for the 2021-22 school year. Taking the complex...

Funk: How my successor can succeed by focusing on equity

The East Side Union High School District Board of Trustees last month announced that Glenn Vander Zee would be the next superintendent of schools for the district. Currently, he is my associate superintendent for human resources. I am very grateful that the board decided to hire a homegrown person to be East Side’s next superintendent....

Funk: Sacramento needs to lead on reopening schools

For the past week or so, Gov. Gavin Newsom has been making the rounds to school districts across California touting that two-thirds of the approximately 11,000 schools have reopened under the AB/SB 86 incentive plan. At every stop, Newsom states that he expects schools to fully reopen in the fall. That means “full, in-person instruction,...

Funk: Is Sacramento offering an incentive or bribe to reopen schools?

Gov. Gavin Newson and the Legislature on March 1 struck a deal to accelerate the reopening of schools. The deal includes $2 billion in incentives to schools if we open at least one grade level in high school and provide in-person support for students most impacted by the pandemic. These include foster youth, homeless, English...

Funk: All school employees need COVID-19 vaccines — not just teachers — before reopening

The pressure is mounting across the country for schools to reopen. The Federal Government has provided financial resources to schools to help pay for the personal protective equipment needed to provide a safe environment for employees and students to return. Gov. Gavin Newsom presented a financial incentive in his January budget proposal for schools to...

Funk: What it takes to reopen San Jose schools

How do you define leadership? Plug the word into Google and a plethora of leadership quotes pop up. One that resonates with me is by Julian Weissglass: “Leadership means taking responsibility for what matters to you.” The “you” is really an “us,” representing the students, staff, families and communities that make up East Side Union...

Funk: Career technical education should be a requirement

In East Side Union High School District (ESUHSD), we are committed to building capacity amongst all staff members to ensure equity and inclusion are essential principles of our school system. Specifically, we are building capacity to attain equitable ESUHSD communities where: All students are welcomed as they are; Strengths and areas of growth for all...

Your community newsroom needs you. Will you take a personal stake in its success?

Your gift to San José Spotlight today will be TRIPLED!

Your support allows us to staff amazing reporters like Tran Nguyen, who works tirelessly to bring you in-depth stories that directly affect your life.