Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Microsoft Settlements Mean Big Funding Gains for Florida and California

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Microsoft Settlements Mean Big Funding Gains for Florida and California

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Schools in Florida and California will be on the receiving end of a windfall of technology money, courtesy of the settlement of class-action lawsuits brought against Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) in 2003, which accused the software giant of violating antitrust laws.

Florida schools are projected to get more than an $80 million boost from a deal that made approximately $202 million available to consumers and businesses. Microsoft agreed to commit half of any unclaimed settlement proceeds to eligible Florida schools. For a school to qualify, at least half of its students must be eligible for the federal free and reduced-price lunch program. Schools will receive vouchers from Microsoft that can be used to reimburse the purchase of any laptop, desktop, or tablet computers from any manufacturer.

Florida education officials estimate that 1,790 schools serving approximately 1.1 million students will be entitled to a share of the money. In addition to new technology items, vouchers may also be used for related professional development services such as curriculum development, training, and supplemental services for school administrators. …

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