More than $4 million from the settlement of a Microsoft class-action lawsuit will be invested in efforts to expand computer science education in Iowa schools, attorneys for the lawsuit’s plaintiffs announced today.

The funding will come from a 2007 court-approved settlement of a class action antitrust lawsuit filed against Microsoft Corporation on behalf of Iowa consumers and businesses.

The $4 million will be used over three years to bolster computer science education by providing:

• Professional learning and training for Iowa teachers to teach computer science.

• Virtual computer science courses for students .

• Innovative computer science curricula for Iowa schools.

“The projects developed and deployed with these funds will allow Iowa schools to create innovative, diverse approaches to providing professional learning and expanding high-quality computer science instruction for students,” said Roxanne Conlin, one of the attorneys who represented Iowa consumers and businesses in the lawsuit.

Funding will be administered through the Iowa Department of Education. Specific projects are in the planning phase, but initial implementation is expected to begin within the next six months.

“Computer science is a new basic skill in the technology-driven, 21st century economy, and this funding will help Iowa build a strong computer science foundation for all students,” Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise said. “This is an important part of the Future Ready Iowa initiative, which is about connecting Iowans with the education or training they need to get rewarding jobs and to get employers the skilled workers they need to grow.”

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