Big Changes Possible For Northern California’s Largest High School District

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SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – Chris Funk takes over as Superintendent of the East Side Union High School District July 1. Already, he is indicating he’d like to make changes in the instructional day for the more than 24,000 San Jose school kids in the district.

“Do we want kids to go to six classes a day, 55 minute periods? That model is so old,” he reasoned. “Does it best utilize what kids can do and bring to the classroom?”

Funk has spent the last 18 years at San Jose Unified School District, and also wants to push what he calls “digital literacy.”

“How do you analyze the information we get on the Internet? How do we communicate, how do we use critical thinking schools and analytical skills with the tools that come with digital technology?”

Funk beat out 30 other candidates for the job. The East Side Union High School District is considered the largest in the region. Funk’s predecessor, Dan Moser, spent 38 years with the district.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

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