Agreement Near On Education Change

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ State lawmakers are wrapping up work on a compromise bill that attempts to overhaul Connecticut’s public education system.

Rep. Andrew Fleischmann, the co-chairman of the General Assembly’s Education Committee, confirmed on Monday that lawmakers and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration reached “a conceptual agreement” over the weekend on language in the bill.

Malloy first proposed the wide-ranging legislation, which included revamping tenure laws and allowing the state’s education commissioner to step in and oversee troubled schools.

In recent days, language allowing the commissioner to break existing teacher union contracts and allow more privatization of schools, including more charters, has been a key hurdle.

Lawmakers are facing a midnight deadline on Wednesday to act. Fleischmann said he did not know when the Senate and House will take up the bill.

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