Throughout the inaugural year of the eRate, we all have learned many lessons. Lessons on patience, politics, accuracy, technology, program administration, frustration, and, hopefully, the financial rewards for our efforts. The following are some practical lessons learned by some of Pennsylvania's schools and libraries that can help guide you through the next application cycle.

• Attend workshops. Most state departments of education held free workshops for interested parties prior to the close of the application window. If your state doesn't hold a workshop, call the Schools and Libraries Corp. (SLC) headquarters to ask if they will attend a workshop you


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