The New York State School Technology Voucher Program resulted from the Settlement Agreement between New York State consumers and Microsoft Corporation with the Case No. 10519300 (N.Y. sup. Ct.). A separate fund (termed "Cy Pres Fund") was established with 50 percent of the difference between the Face Value Amount of the Settlement and the amount of issued Consumer Vouchers. The Cy Pres Fund amount ($87 million), in the form of vouchers, will be offered to eligible public school districts (on behalf of their eligible public schools) and to eligible charter schools.
The Cy Pres Fund made available through this Settlement Agreement is to be used to assist eligible schools in their efforts to improve their readiness for computer-based testing (CBT) and a technology-rich learning environment. While the NYS-STVP is platform neutral, the focus is to leverage the Cy Pres Fund to support schools in their efforts to close the gap in their readiness for CBT and overall integration of technology in classroom teaching and learning.
The Cy Pres Fund will be available in the form of 50 percent General Purpose Vouchers and 50 percent Specific Category Software Vouchers. The vouchers can be redeemed for a variety of goods and services, as described on the Commonly Asked Questions page. "Eligible Schools", as defined in the Settlement Agreement, means all public kindergarten through twelfth grade schools, including charter schools, in which at least 50 percent of the attending students are eligible to receive free or reduced price meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). The Cy Pres Fund is disbursed via vouchers which can be used for the eligible school buildings. School districts can coordinate and apply for the vouchers on behalf of the eligible public schools within the districts.
As per the Settlement Agreement, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) is responsible for issuing the Request for Application (RFA), certifying voucher recipients based on criteria contained within the RFA, and monitoring the program through end-of-program certification and site visitations.
Rust Consulting, selected by the Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County as the Settlement Claims Administrator, will be responsible for the issuing, processing, and payment of vouchers to the certified voucher recipients.
For a public or charter school to be eligible to receive an allotment of the Cy Pres Funds, it must meet the following criteria:
- Be a public school or charter school serving students in any grades, kindergarten through grade 12.
- Have at least 50 percent or more of its students enrolled in the Free or Reduced-Price Lunch Program (FRPL) for the year of 2011-12 (as of March 2012).