Chris Funk

Superintendent, East Side Union High School District


Education Columnist

Column contributed third Monday of every month

Chris Funk, a native of San Jose, grew up in the Rose Garden area, received his BA in Political Science from Carroll College of Montana and MA in Social Science from SJSU in 1991. His is a product of SJUSD graduating from Lincoln High School in 1985 where he had the good fortune and great honor to return as principal. During his tenure as principal at Lincoln, the school earned a 21st Century School of Distinction, Lighthouse Award, California Distinguished School Award, a six-year WASC Accreditation and closed the achievement gap between Hispanic and white students by 106 points, a 40% decrease in the gap.

His career in education started in the classroom as a teacher with East Side Union High School District at Yerba Buena High School back in 1990 and he has returned as the Superintendent with the goal of eliminating the “Opportunity Gap” by holding the entire organization responsible for attaining the goal of providing every student a world-class education regardless of their economic, gender, or cultural background. To date, graduation rates and A-G completion rates have increased six of the seven years under his leadership.

Chris is a member of the Board of Directors for Educare Silicon Valley, the East Side Education Foundation and East San Jose Kiwanis. He is also a liaison to Breakthrough Silicon Valley and a member of the Advisory Board to 10,000 Degrees. Chris resides in San Jose with his wife Leslie. Both of their sons graduated from Lincoln High School with their oldest graduating from Cal State Fullerton and their youngest child attending West Valley.


Funk: How to ensure students don’t fall behind this summer

I had the extraordinary opportunity to attend six of our East Side Union High School District graduation ceremonies last month. In fact, I also had the opportunity to attend my niece’s high school graduation. It is an amazing time for our graduating seniors, their families and friends. However, for an educator who oversees a large...

Funk: A look at charter school reform — what is needed?

At the end of former Gov. Jerry Brown’s tenure, charter school opponents sought relief in the “Charter Schools Act of 1992.” Specifically, school districts were seeking the ability to deny a charter based on financial stress to a district. Although no legislation was passed, the spark was generated. Within the first two months of Gov....

Funk: Are teacher strikes the answer?

As superintendent of the largest high school district in Northern California and proud leader of a very stable, professional and progressive Board of Trustees, I wonder what the impact of the recent teacher strikes across the country will be on my district and districts in Santa Clara County who face the same financial restraints. The...

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