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.

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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