Lately, the eRate has hit a rough patch. A few educators and some of their corporate fellow travelers have tarnished this vital program through too much sloth and sloppiness and a little outright fraud.

The wrongdoing is intolerable and must be stopped. Unfortunately, the worst thing eRate abuse does is provide cover for those who never liked funding public education in the first place--partisans of privatization who might even form secret plans to cut public school funding after the next election.

Opponents of the eRate--like Rep. Tom Tancredo, R.-Colo., who has introduced legislation


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