Education Technology K-12 Vouchers are the result of the Settlement Agreement between California consumers and the Microsoft Corporation. The vouchers are to be used to assist districts to implement and support their state-approved district technology plans designed to foster effective teaching and promote student achievement in eligible schools that serve students in kindergarten through grade twelve. The vouchers can be redeemed for a variety of goods and services and may be used for any computer platform that the school or district specifies. The vouchers will be in the form of 50 percent General Purpose Vouchers and 50 percent
Specific Category Software Vouchers. The California Department of Education is providing services for the settlement claims administrator, selected by the court, that is managing the private funding for the vouchers.
Local educational agencies
|Required Eligibility Criteria
||Public school districts that have a state-approved technology plan may apply on behalf of their eligible schools. County offices of education, direct-funded charter schools, and State Special Schools do not have to meet the state-approved technology plan requirement and can apply on their own behalf. “Eligible schools” as defined in the Settlement Agreement means all public K-12 schools, county offices of education, direct-funded charter schools, and State Special Schools in which at least 40 percent of the attending students are eligible to receive free or reduced-priced meals through the National School Lunch Program. “Eligible Schools” also include all public high schools in California that serve students from public elementary, middle, and junior high schools at which at least 40 percent of the attending students are eligible to receive free or reduced-priced meals through the National School Lunch Program.
|Other Eligibility Considerations
||The online RFA will be avaliable for two years. Eligible Lead Education Agencies can apply for funding at any time through June 30, 2008.
|Eligible Grade Level(s)
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
|Eligible Age Level(s)