Washington insiders wonder what the impact will be of the most recent succession of fraud-and-abuse allegations involving the eRate and school systems in Atlanta, San Francisco, and Puerto Rico--a succession that follows hard on the heels of highly publicized eRate problems in the Chicago Public Schools and elsewhere.

Amid all the negative news reports surrounding the eRate, the only bright spot was in San Francisco, where due diligence by Superintendent Arlene Ackerman ultimately halted an eRate scam in its tracks.

The rest of the news has been unrelievedly bleak,...

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