The White House is beginning to worry about the pace at which school districts and other local government agencies are preparing their computers for the next millennium.

According to the latest report by the President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion, "A troubling number of institutions, especially in the elementary/secondary area, have not yet completed their assessment of systems and are lagging in remediation and testing."

The problem isn't likely to have a direct impact on teaching and learning, but Y2K failures could very well plague the computers used by schools to manage payrolls, student records, online curricula, and building safety systems, the...

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