California's neediest schools could be in line for a huge financial windfall later this year. As the deadline draws near for consumers to claim their share of more than $1.1 billion in software vouchers--the result of Microsoft Corp.'s record antitrust settlement with the state--customers largely have been slow to respond, leaving the door open for educational institutions to divvy up what could be millions of dollars in technology handouts.

According to an April 13 story in the San Jose Mercury News, only about 4 percent of the 14 million Californians


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