This issue of eSchool News is a tale of two perspectives: problems and progress, obstacles and opportunities, shortages and strategies for overcoming them.

It's true. A decidedly Dickensian quality envelopes this month's editorial lineup.

Best-of-Times department: The Federal Communications Commission has announced it's funding the eRate at $2.25 billion, the maximum level allowed (Page One). Worst-of-Times department: That maximum eRate funding level falls $2.47 billion short of what our schools actually need.

Best of Times (also on Page One): Schools are devising creative strategies for recruiting and retaining qualified information technology (IT) professionals. Worst of Times:

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