Microsoft Approves in Wisconsin!

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Thu, 05/13/2010

From the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction: Wisconsin schools can now use their Microsoft money to get reimbursed for their subscriptions!

State Superintendent Tony Evers announced that vouchers totaling almost $80 million for computer software and hardware were sent to schools as a result of a legal settlement with Microsoft over software purchases in Wisconsin. Benefits went to more than 800 public schools in the state.

"With the challenges school districts face in balancing funding for various programs, this settlement comes at a good time," Evers said. "In combination with Wisconsin's new broadband grant, cy pres technology vouchers will enable these schools to provide their students with the digital tools necessary for success in today's world."
The Microsoft-Wisconsin Cy Pres Program is the result of a settlement that was reached in class action lawsuits about certain Microsoft software acquired by consumers, businesses, and governments for use in Wisconsin. Under the terms of the Court-approved settlement agreement, a cy pres award in the form of vouchers has been distributed to "eligible schools" in Wisconsin. Eligible schools are those in which at least 33 and a third percent of attending students come from low-income households, based on fall 2005 free or reduced-price school lunch data.
Further information, including lists of schools that received cy pres vouchers and eligible products and services, is available on the Microsoft-Wisconsin Cy Pres Program website at
This funding couldn’t come at a better time. Not only will it allow your school to benefit from our award-winning online teaching and learning resource, but if you renew your subscription in May you’ll get in under 2009/2010 retail prices. Starting June 1, new 2010/2011 prices will take effect.
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