The teacher at the front of each classroom is an absolute cornerstone of a strong education system. And a strong pre-kindergarten through college or technical school system is the backbone of a thriving economy and community. These are interconnected, and that makes the recent decision by the University of South Florida to close its College of Education and end undergraduate teacher education so incongruent to the goals of this community and USF’s own stated goals.
The future of the College of Education at USF directly connects to the unwavering commitment of the Pinellas Education Foundation to elevate high-quality instruction to accelerate student achievement. As a coalition of business and community leaders, we collaborate with local partners to advance student success and better prepare them for the world beyond the classroom. Critical to