Three local school districts will receive a combined $1 million starting this year as a result of a legal settlement with Microsoft, and educators plan to use that money to put more technology in the hands of students, reports the Wausau Daily Herald of Wausau, Wis. The schools will be reimbursed for approved hardware and software purchases made through the Microsoft-Wisconsin Cy Pres Program. The program aims to provide technology to schools that have 33.3 percent or more low-income students, based on free and reduced-price lunch data from 2005. More than 850 schools statewide are slated to receive a combined $75 to $80 million, according to the State Department of Public Instruction. Wisconsin plaintiffs from a class-action lawsuit reached a settlement with Microsoft in 2006. The plaintiffs claimed that Microsoft violated state antitrust and unfair competition laws by overcharging customers for its products, according to a legal notice. The company denied the claims. District officials have not finalized their plans for the money, but they are eager to give students the tools they need to remain competitive in the 21st century workforce…

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