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: Our broken public education state funding model

All the reports I have read since the release of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed budget point to his education budget as being good for public education. There is some truth to that statement. His proposed budget is great for early learning education and for increasing funding in special education in grades K-3. He also proposes...

Funk: Early learning center in East San Jose is a jewel

As we await Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed state budget in his second term, early education advocates are hopeful he’ll continue his pledge of closing the opportunity gap by providing universal preschool. During his first year as governor, Newsom’s first budget included a proposal of nearly $1.8 billion for an array of cradle-to-kindergarten initiatives. Recently, presidential...

Funk: Why I’m grateful this holiday season

As Superintendent of East Side Union High School District, I am very thankful for a plethora of amazing things happening in our district and across the East Side Alliance. I’d like to highlight five areas I am thankful for during this Season of Giving. Downtown Doors – When I was principal at Lincoln High School,...

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