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K-12 Voucher Program

Funded through a 2003 antitrust settlement agreement between Microsoft Corporation and California consumers and businesses, this program assists eligible K-12 districts with implementing and supporting education technology.

Background Information

The Education Technology (Ed Tech) K-12 Voucher Program is a grant opportunity that was made available through a Settlement Agreement between California consumers and Microsoft Corporation in Microsoft Cases, Judicial Council Coordinated Proceedings No. 4106, Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco, Department 305. A separate fund (termed "cy pres fund") was established with 66 2/3 percent of the difference between the Face Value Amount of the Settlement ($1.1 billion) and the amount of issued and redeemed Consumer Vouchers. The cy pres fund amount, in the form of vouchers, is offered to eligible schools. An initial release of $250 million was authorized for the first cy pres fund. The cy pres amount is specified in the Settlement Agreement to be allocated 50 percent as General Purpose Vouchers (GPV) and 50 percent as Specific Category Software Vouchers (SCSV). Table 1 below provides a summary of the four K-12 Voucher distributions to date. This includes the fifth distribution made available in November 2016 for $11.9 million. The Settlement Claims Administrator will notify eligible schools and districts of vouchers according to enrollment at qualifying schools. Districts will have until November 30, 2018 (2 years) to submit receipts.

Table 1: K-12 Voucher Distributions
Distribution
Name Start Date End Date Total
1

First cy pres Distribution

7/1/2006 11/2/2015 $250 Million
2
Second cy pres Distribution 11/15/2010 11/2/2015 $25.5 Million
3
First cy pres Remainder Distribution 3/4/2014 11/2/2015 $188.4 Million
4
Additional Funding from Remainder of the first cy pres Distribution 1/26/2015 11/2/2015 $6.5 Million
5
Second cy pres Remainder Distribution 11/28/2016 11/30/2018 $11.9 Million

Eligibility for the Remainder of the Second Cy Pres

Eligible schools for this fifth release of funding are all operational schools that have previously been deemed eligible for the Ed Tech K-12 Voucher Program and newly eligible schools as follows:

  • All public kindergarten through grade twelve schools, county offices of education, direct-funded charter schools, and State Special Schools in which at least 40 percent of the certified 2015-16 Census Day enrollment met the income eligibility guidelines or were categorically eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals (FRPM) through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
  • All public high schools in California that serve students from public elementary, middle, and junior high schools in California in which at least 40 percent of the certified 2015-16 Census day enrollment met the income eligibility guidelines or were categorically eligible to receive FRPM through the NSLP.

The vouchers made available through this Settlement Agreement are to be used to assist districts with implementing and supporting education technology that fosters effective teaching and promotes student achievement in eligible schools that serve students in grades kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Schools must purchase products or services that are eligible for reimbursement, and then the vouchers for those purchases may be redeemed for cash. The deadline to redeem vouchers from the fourth distribution (second cy pres remainder) through the California Ed Tech K-12 Voucher Program is November 30, 2018. Note that all unused vouchers from earlier distributions are no longer eligible for redemption. Please see the Settlement Claims Administrator Education Technology K-12 Voucher Program External link opens in new window or tab. Web page for more information.

More information about additional funds available from remainder of the second cy pres including eligibility and amounts are available on the California Department of Education (CDE) Request for Applications Web page.

Resources

Technology Plans

The education technology plan is no longer a requirement for the Ed Tech K-12 Voucher Program. However, schools and districts are strongly encouraged to develop and use a technology plan. The online Technology Plan Builder External link opens in new window or tab. is freely available to all K-12 schools. Additional information can be found on the California Department of Education (CDE) Technology Plans Web Page.

Technology Plan Template (DOC)
2014–15 California K-12 Education Technology Plan template, criteria, and guiding questions.

K-12 Voucher FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) pertaining to the status of the settlement, eligibility, and the use of the vouchers are available on the CDE Education Technology K-12 Voucher Program: FAQs Web page.

Voucher Redemption Guidance

Information on how to plan purchases to ensure that they will be eligible for redemption under this program, including the redemption documentation requirements is available on the CDE Ed Tech K-12 Voucher Program: Redemption Guidance Web page.

Approved Providers

Agencies wishing to provide professional development and information technology support services to eligible schools and districts, may apply online to be listed as an approved provider on the CDE Ed Tech K-12 Voucher Program: Approved Providers Web page. For more information, lists of approved providers for information technology and professional development support services are available on the CDE Ed Tech K-12 Voucher Program: Approved Providers Web page.

History of Funding

First Cy Pres Distribution

The total amount of $250 million at the rate of $50.80 per pupil voucher allocation was determined based on the cy pres fund amount along with the number of completed applications from eligible entities. Data from the 2005 California Basic Educational Data System (CBEDS) was used to calculate the per pupil voucher. Consideration for small schools (schools with 300 or less students) was provided. Of the $250 million initially distributed, $7.1 million was unclaimed for a total first cy pres distribution of $ 242.9 million.

Second Cy Pres Distribution

The total amount in vouchers distributed was based on two-thirds of the unredeemed consumer vouchers determined to be approximately $18.4 million, and the unallocated amount of $7.1 million from the first cy pres distribution, for a total amount of $25.5 million. This was allocated to eligible schools at a rate of $5.31 per student based on enrollment and Free and Reduced Price Meals (FRPM) data from 2009-10 data.

Remainder of the First Cy Pres Distribution

A total amount of $188.4 million in vouchers was distributed to eligible schools in March 2014. The funding was allocated to eligible schools at a rate of $35.98 per student based on enrollment data that local educational agencies (LEAs) certified in fall 2012 in the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS). All schools that have previously been funded for the first and second cy pres program were deemed eligible as well as new schools that had fall 2012 data that showed the school had 40 percent or more students that met the eligibility criteria for FRPM.

Additional Funding from Remainder of the First Cy Pres Distribution

A total of $6.5 million was remaining from those LEAs that did not complete the requirements by the June 30, 2014 deadline. Of this total amount of $6.5 million, $1.2 million at the rate of $36.81 per student was used to fund new schools that opened in fall 2012-13 and reported enrollment that reflected 40 percent or more FRPM data in fall 2013. The schools were identified and their 2013-14 enrollment data was used to determine their allocation. The remaining $5.3 million was redistributed to eligible schools that were previously funded in March 2014 at the rate of $1.04 per student.  This distribution occurred on January 26, 2015.

Remainder of the Second Cy Pres Distribution

A total amount of $11.9 million in vouchers was distributed to eligible schools in November 2016. The funding was allocated to eligible schools at a rate of $2.22 per student based on enrollment data that local educational agencies (LEAs) certified in fall 2016 in the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS). All schools that have previously been funded for the first and second cy pres program were deemed eligible as well as new schools based on enrollment and Free and Reduced Price Meals (FRPM) data from 2015-16. These funds are available to eligible schools under the K-12 voucher program and can be redeemed for eligible products and/or services purchased between July 1, 2006, and November 16, 2018.

Questions:   Education Data Office | edtechvoucher@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-9394
Last Reviewed: Monday, November 28, 2016
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