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Education: Twenty of poorest facilities will receive upgrades due to a Microsoft settlement

Posted: December 28, 2010 11:09 p.m.
Updated: December 29, 2010 6:00 a.m.
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Twenty of Santa Clarita Valley’s poorest schools will receive a total of $120,000 for technology upgrades thanks to a Microsoft lawsuit settlement, California education officials announced last week.

“This funding ... comes at a critical time when schools continue to struggle because of severe budget cuts,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell said in a statement released Friday.

“Schools can use this settlement funding to help prepare students for our high-tech world by providing hardware and software, connecting more classrooms to the Internet, and providing teacher training so they can effectively use technology to support student learning.”

Locally, the William S. Hart Union High School District will receive the most technology-geared money with an estimated $87,000 to benefit its high schools, according to state figures.

Four Newhall School District elementary schools will share a little over $14,000.

Two Saugus Union School District elementary schools will get a total of $8,000 and about $5,500 will go to two Sulphur Springs School District elementary schools, according to the Department of Education.

The 20 local schools were among the 7,413 schools across California that will receive more than $25 million for technology.
The money is part of a 2006 settlement agreement of a class-action antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft.

As part of the agreement, Microsoft provided $1.1 billion to California users of its software.

Money that wasn’t claimed was designated to benefit the state’s poorest schools, according to the Department of Education.

The Santa Clarita Valley schools qualified for the funding because at least 40 percent of students are from low-income families or qualified for the state’s technology voucher program.

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