In the wake of the accounting scandal that threatens to push telecommunications giant WorldCom Inc. into bankruptcy, educators are bracing for a ripple effect that is sure to be felt by their schools.

Besides shaking the faith of school customers in WorldCom, the nation's No. 2 long-distance provider, as well as investors' faith in corporate America at large, the scandal also threatens to derail WorldCom's considerable support for school technology programs—including an initiative that reportedly trains some 10,000 teachers per month to use the internet in their classrooms.

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