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Wonderlust forum on March 8 will cover education in America

February 26, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - Montana State University professor Chris Stoddard will present a talk on America's education system and education reform on Friday, March 8 at noon at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2118 S. Third Ave., Bozeman.

Sponsored by Wonderlust, a lifelong learning organization affiliated with MSU's Extended University, the Friday Forums are free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch. Cookies and coffee will be provided.

Stoddard will discuss the performance of public K-12 education in the United States, which has come under increasing scrutiny because of low performance in some areas of the country. Stoddard will also discuss where Bozeman and the state of Montana and the United States stand, as well as various proposals for reform, including charter schools, tuition vouchers and higher pay for teachers.

Stoddard specializes in the economics of education. She has published numerous articles on charter schools, teacher pay and the performance of disadvantaged students. Stoddard recently returned from a sabbatical in Merida, Mexico and Fes, Morocco. Her current research centers on international educational reforms. 

For more information about Wonderlust, contact the MSU Office of Continuing Education, 994-6683 or visit

Contact: Marilyn Jarvis, MSU Extended University, (406) 994-6683,