The Republican minority leaders complained Friday their party is shut out of the education-reform negotiations being conducted by the legislature’s Education Committee, which is hoping to report the bill out of committee Monday.

Rep. Lawrence F. Cafero Jr. of Norwalk and Sen. John McKinney of Fairfield put the blame on the Democratic co-chairs, Rep. Andrew Fleischmann of West Hartford and Sen. Andrea Stillman of New London.

Cafero said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s education commissioner, Stefan Pryor, has met at length with Republicans.

This could make for a bumpy meeting Monday.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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