Author: Chris Funk (Chris Funk)

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...

Funk: Distance learning in East San Jose requires everyone to step up

For thirty years, the night before school opens is a restless night of sleep because of the anticipation of going back to school. This year was no exception. However, what was different about visiting schools on the first day,  Aug. 11, was that instead of experiencing excitement and nervous energy that emanates from school campuses,...

Funk: Guidelines and funding for reopening schools is lacking

Everyday we hear something from either Gov. Gavin Newsom or State Superintendent Tony Thurmond about the need to open schools this fall for in-person learning. However, the support and guidelines has been shockingly lacking from the California State Department of Education or from the Governor’s Office. In fact, the COVID-19 Industry Guidance released on June...

Funk: COVID-19 has exacerbated the crisis in education

In my 30 years of being in public education, I have seen trends come and go, as well as calls for reform. The system of public education has not drastically changed in the last 150 years. It was designed to provide immigrants, farmers and the working poor an opportunity to be trained for entry level...

Funk: COVID-19 worsens the digital divide in San Jose

Districts across the state have been forced to move to distance learning from physical classroom, creating costs, shifts in structure, training and mindset. The unknown is always the infrastructure at home. Our classrooms are modern, well lit, safe and equipped with power and robust internet connections. Our students’ homes are too often not equipped to...