Orange County and Microsoft Technology Voucher Program
What is Available
Vouchers will be issued in two categories: 1) General Purpose Vouchers and 2) Software Vouchers. General Purpose Vouchers may be used to purchase specific hardware (listed below), any non-custom software for that hardware, evaluation tools, information technology (IT) services, and professional development services. IT and professional development services must be obtained from approved providers in Orange County schools. Software Vouchers may only be utilized to purchase specific categories of software (listed below) that are published or sold by any software provider. Both the General Purpose and Software
Vouchers may be applied by Orange County schools in an amount no greater than the standard academic price, or if an academic price is not available, in an amount not to exceed the normal or standard price established by the manufacturer or vendor for such software. The following list gives examples of eligible goods and services that may be purchased with one or the other category of the vouchers:
Hardware available for Orange County schools: Any new laptop, desktop, or tablet computer for any operating system platform; Peripheral devices: printers, scanners, monitors, keyboards, pointing devices (e.g., mouse, trackball, etc.); Equipment needed for networking and infrastructure (e.g., routers, servers, wireless network cards, or wireless access points); Hardware for accessing the Internet through television sets and Internet access for such hardware for students' homes; Non-custom assistive technology devices for use by students with special needs
Software available for Orange County schools: Purchased with General Purpose Vouchers - Any non-custom software titles (any platform) that are designed for use on any qualifying hardware (see Hardware above); purchased with Software Vouchers - Specific categories of software offered by any software publisher or vendor, including: Operating system, Word processing, Spreadsheet, Presentation, Desktop relational database oriented towards single users and typically residing on a standard personal computer, Web-authoring, Productivity and/or Productivity Suite, Encyclopedia, Server, including client access licenses, Eligible software bundled with a computer purchased with the General Purpose Vouchers
IT Support Services available for Orange County schools: Services that primarily involve the maintenance of hardware procured through this Settlement and the installation and maintenance of software procured through this Settlement.
Professional Development Services available for Orange County schools: Professional development services directed solely at leadership development for school administrators in the use of education technology to improve learning at the site or district; Professional development services directed solely at general curriculum development and instructional strategies which utilize educational technology to improve instruction; Professional development services directed solely at the improvement of technology integration for any software title acquired through this Settlement; Training in the use of any hardware or software title acquired through this Settlement; Certification training for software and networking
What Schools are Eligible
Orange County Public school districts that have a state-approved technology plan may apply on behalf of their eligible schools. Orange County offices of education, direct-funded charter schools, and State Special Schools do not have to meet the state-approved technology plan requirement and 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 Orange County 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.
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