Author: Chris Funk (Chris Funk)

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...

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...