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, J.C.C.P. 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). On November 15, 2010, the Parties to the Settlement released the second cy pres fund distribution of $25.5 million to eligible schools. The Parties to the Settlement released the remainder of the first cy pres on March 4, 2014.
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 can apply on their own behalf. Eligible Schools, as defined in the Settlement Agreement, means all public kindergarten through twelfth grade schools at which at least 40 percent of the attending students are eligible to receive free or reduced price meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). 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-price meals through the NSLP.
The vouchers made available through this Settlement Agreement are to be used to assist districts with implementing and supporting ed tech that fosters effective teaching and promotes student achievement in eligible schools that serve students in grades kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools and districts can use these funds for the Common Core State Standards by using technology in classrooms, as well as to prepare for the new online Smarter Balanced assessments.
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 for making purchases for voucher redemption through the California Ed Tech K-12 Voucher Program has been extended to September 25, 2015. Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) are encouraged to use the vouchers they currently have before this deadline. Please see the Settlement Claims Administrator Ed Tech K-12 Voucher Program Web page for more information.
Background information about the Ed Tech K-12 Voucher Program including "Purpose of the Program," "Eligibility Criteria," and "Amount Available in Vouchers to Eligible Districts and Schools," for all the first and second cy pres distributions is available on the California Department of Education (CDE) Ed Tech K-12 Voucher: Background 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.
A video providing information for LEAs on voucher allocation and redemption rules is available on the CDE Ed Tech K-12 Voucher: Informational Program Video Web page.
Distribution of Funding
First Cy Pres Distribution
Information to prepare and complete the Ed Tech K-12 Voucher Program online is available on the CDE Request for Applications (RFA) Web page, for the first cy pres distribution completed on June 30, 2008. The RFA is not for the second cy pres distribution.
Second Cy Pres Distribution
More information about the second cy pres distribution including eligibility and amount is available on the CDE RFA Web page.
Remainder of the First Cy Pres Distribution
More information about the remainder of the first cy pres distribution including eligibility and amount is available on the CDE RFA Web page.
Additional Funding from Remainder of the First Cy Pres Distribution
A sum of $6.4 million is now available for redistribution from funds remaining from those LEAs that did not complete requirements by June 30, 2014, for Remainder of the First Cy Pres.
More information about the additional funds available from the remainder of the first cy pres including eligibility and remaining balances is available on the CDE RFA 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: Redemption Guidance Web page.
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: 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: Approved Providers Web page.
*Approval of these agencies only means that they have met the minimum criteria for Information Technology of Professional Development support services under this program and is not an endorsement of the quality of its products or services by the CDE or any of the parties to the antitrust settlement. See the Approved Provider FAQ's for more information.