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Mrs. Bush Visits Benjamin Franklin Intermediate School in Colma, CA to Highlight Middle School Matters

February 9, 2012 by George W. Bush Presidential Center

Today, Mrs. Bush attended a roundtable discussion at Benjamin Franklin Intermediate School in Colma, CA, on the importance of middle school as a foundation for academic success.  In February of 2011, the George W. Bush Institute launched Middle School Matters, a landmark education initiative to increase the number of children who complete middle school at grade level and go on to graduate from high school ready for college or a good job.  Middle School Matters (led by Bush Institute Director Anne McClellan, and Education Reform Fellow Sandy Kress) is a comprehensive research-based program to be applied to middle schools across the country.

“Middle School is the last and best chance to prepare students for a successful high school career,” Mrs. Bush said to a crowd of 400 students, teachers, parents, education policy experts and city and school leaders at the launch of Middle School Matters.  “Research shows with systematic, intensive interventions that students who started middle school behind can catch up.” Watch the 2011 Middle School Matters announcement at Thomas J. Stovall Middle School in Houston, TX here:


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GEORGE W. BUSH PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

As the 13th presidential library, the Bush Library and Museum promotes an understanding of the American presidency, examines the specific time in history during which President Bush served, and provides access to official records and artifacts from the Bush Administration.

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The Bush Institute is an action-oriented, nonpartisan policy organization that cultivates leaders, fosters policies to solve today’s most pressing challenges, and takes action to save and change lives. Our work is inspired by the principles that guide President and Mrs. Bush in public life.

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