California Government Entities Settlement versus Education Technology K-12 Voucher Program
There are two separate Education Technology settlements:
- Government Entities Settlement
- Education Technology K-12 Voucher Program.
Some school districts in California may receive benefits arising from both settlements. It is important to understand the differences between the settlements and the redemption requirements for each. The following table is a quick reference guide for California public schools regarding the key differences between the settlements.
|Item||Government Entities Settlement||Education Technology K-12 Voucher Program|
|Eligibility for Benefits||As part of this settlement, Microsoft will provide $70 million in vouchers to distinct government entities in California, including school districts. This includes all school districts, regardless of whether they include schools that have 40% of their students from low-income households.
THUS, ALL CALIFORNIA SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE BENEFITS UNDER THIS SETTLEMENT.
|As part of the Settlement in a consumer class action, if the total amount of vouchers claimed and redeemed by the Class is less than $1.1 billion, vouchers worth two-thirds of the remainder will be distributed to public schools in California that have at least 40% of their students from low-income households.|
|Application process||All distinct California government entities, including school districts, will receive benefits automatically, without having to submit an application to participate.||To receive benefits under this settlement, school districts that include eligible schools must submit an application to the California Department of Education on behalf of their eligible schools.|
|Benefits||Benefits may be redeemed for qualifying hardware and/or software products, as set forth in the Settlement Agreement.||Fifty percent of the total benefit amount must be redeemed in the form of General Purpose Vouchers and fifty percent in the form of Specific Category Software Vouchers. The two types of vouchers can be redeemed for different kinds of products and services.|
|Benefits transfer||Benefits may be transferred one time.||Benefits may not be transferred.|
|Benefit forms||Yellow Settlement Benefits Balance Statement; this yellow statement is also the redemption form that must be signed and submitted with proof of purchase to receive cash.||Pink and blue Redemption Form must be signed and submitted with proof of purchase to receive cash. Separate white Balance Statement is provided for reference purposes. Balance Statement does not need to be submitted to receive cash.|
|Product/service eligibility period||June 23, 2006 – April 13, 2012||July 1, 2006 – September 25, 2013|
|First year redemption requirement||$500 of benefits must be redeemed within the first year (by April 21, 2008) or the unredeemed portion of that $500 will be redistributed to other eligible class members. Remaining benefits must be redeemed by April 13, 2012.||No first year redemption requirement. Benefits must be redeemed by September 25, 2013.|
All products that are eligible for reimbursement for the Government Entities settlement are also eligible for the Education Technology K-12 Voucher Program.
Eligible schools may also select a license program that gives students the option to use the software at home.
IT Support Services:
Professional Development (PD) Services:
Items that are eligible for the Education Technology K-12Voucher Program are not necessarily eligible for the Government Entities settlement.
|Redemption documentation requirements||
Photocopy of the yellow Settlement Benefits Balance Statement will be accepted as long as it contains an original signature of a person authorized to submit redemption requests.
Photocopies of proofs-of-purchase are allowed. Vendor price certification is not required.
Photocopies of the pink and blue Redemption Form are not allowed; the original form must be submitted, with the signature of a person authorized to submit redemption requests.
Photocopies of proofs-of-purchase are not allowed; originals must be submitted.
Vendor price certification is required. The vendor must certify that the prices on the receipt or invoice are their standard academic prices for the products or services, or if academic prices are not available, the prices are the normal or standard prices charged by the vendor for such products or services.
|Reimbursement||Typically a payment will be processed within 60 days after the Settlement Claims Administrator receives the Settlement Benefits Balance Statement and all necessary documentation and determines that the claim is in good order.||Typically a payment will be processed within 30 days after the Settlement Claims Administrator receives the Redemption Form and all necessary documentation and determines that the claim is in good order.|
|Web site||Microsoft California Government Claims||Edtech K-12 Voucher Program|
|Settlement Claims Administrator contact information||By phone:
MS California Govt Settlement
P.O. Box 99
Minneapolis, MN 55440-0099
P.O. Box 1125
Minneapolis, MN 55440-1125