With time running short for legislators and Gov. Dannel Malloy to reach a deal on an education reform bill, the governor isn’t ruling out having to call them back to the state Capitol for a special session.

“We could absolutely have a special session,” he said Friday. “It ain’t over until it’s over.”

Asked about whether he supports a bill that would give charter schools and other nonprofit groups the ability to replace failing schools’ management but keep teacher union contracts and arbitration in place — things members of the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus announced their support for yesterday — Malloy was not ready to say.

“There are charter schools that already operate within that framework as we speak,” he said.

“I just think that the reality is that we need to get to a deal… We’re working. We’ll have more to report soon. It will be an interesting story one way or another.”

Lawmakers have until Wednesday at midnight to reach a deal and get it approved by both the state House and Senate.

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