Dire predictions of chaos notwithstanding, it appears that proper planning—and millions of dollars spent in upgrades and labor—have paid off for the nation's schools, as computer systems hum along despite the threat of Y2K-induced malfunction.

Overall, the nation's schools have emerged largely unscathed from the turn of the century, according to school officials around the country as well as a preliminary survey conducted by the U. S. Department of Education (ED).

Of the 51 elementary and secondary schools that participated in the survey, 100 percent reported that all systems and infrastructures were operational after Jan.

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