Sarasotans for Education, an organization that works to ensure quality, quality education in Sarasots, has a new school-choice website.
The website has been under development for several months.
Its goal is to create a marketplace for schools to offer private school choice, or voucher, options to students who qualify.
“The goal is not just to provide a great education for our students, but also to create an economic driver,” said David Karpinski, the organization’s executive director.
“We want to create opportunities for students to get a better education, and to help them get out of debt.”
Karpinsky said the website, which is open to schools in Saratoga County, is aimed at parents, teachers, and school staff.
“Our goal is that students can get into an affordable school where they can be successful,” he said.
The site, called Sarasopedia, has been in development since May and includes more than 100 pages.
Its creators hope to have the site ready by December.
They are hoping to raise about $250,000 to fund the project.
The Saratopedia website has a number of educational features, including an interactive map that will allow students to navigate the school and its facilities.
“Students can navigate through the schools by selecting their school, class, and district,” the site explains.
“They can also search the schools for topics like geography, history, science, math, technology, or arts and culture.”
Students can also create their own schools or schools and see which school is best for them, as well as search for school information and contact information.
There are also school reviews, grades, and career information.
The school reviews include a list of current teachers and students, with a link to their individual websites.
Parents and staff can also choose from the schools on the site and see if their children qualify.
Karpinkski said the site will be free to use and will be open to anyone who wants to take a look at it.
“There are a lot of people out there who want to see what we’re doing,” he explained.
“I want to give people a chance to use this site.”
The SarasoEdu website has not yet launched.
“It is very important that people understand that this is an educational site,” Karpinskis said.
“This is not a porn site, and this is not going to have anything to do with sexual exploitation.”
In April, Saratops State Attorney Michael Schulz announced the dismissal of two students accused of committing a series of sexual assaults on their high school.
In July, the Saratopa County School District issued a new guidance manual that included new language on the prevention of sexual misconduct.
“All students should be encouraged to report their own sexual behavior to their school and to their district,” Schulz said in a statement.
“In light of recent sexual misconduct allegations against students in the district, it is important to address this problem in a timely manner and in a responsible manner.”
Schools can use the new guidance to guide how they respond to allegations of sexual harassment and assault.