How Important is Middle School?

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Middle school is a pivotal time in a student's education, according to Laura Bush. Credit: Getty Images

Former First Lady Laura Bush's new education initiative is aimed squarely at the middle. Middle school, to be precise.

According to the Associated Press, Bush feels strongly that middle school is a very important period of a child's education that is not getting enough attention. The program, Middle School Matters, "will develop, implement, test and scale a school transformation model that enables middle schools to achieve their mission of ensuring students have the required academic foundation to successfully complete high school," according to the George W. Bush Presidential Center website.

"We know now from research that a lot of kids that drop out in high school really drop out in middle school," the former first lady tells the AP. "They just leave in high school."

What do you think? How important is middle school?

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