With a new law forcing school districts receiving eRate discounts to block access to inappropriate materials on the internet, many school officials are searching for cost-effective ways to bring their districts into compliance.

They might want to follow the lead of some crafty educators who have turned to their internet service providers (ISPs) for filtering that essentially is paid for with eRate discounts.

According to the rules of the eRate, "Filtering is not eligible for discount, whether as a service or if purchased as software." However, filtering technology that is


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