Six days left in session. What are the odds for ed reform?

The legislative session wraps up at midnight Wednesday.

The General Assembly is expected to be in session tomorrow, probably Saturday, and certainly Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. It’s very rare lawmakers will be at the Capitol on a Sunday, but it’s available.

So that’s six days for Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy and the Democratic-majority General Assembly to pass some sort of reform bill the former’s willing to sign into law.

But if you talk to people within the Capitol some are looking at the ticking clock and beginning to feel a bit skeptical it can be done in that amount of time.

Andy Fleischmann, an Education Committee chairman and a key figure in the ongoing negotiations with the Governor, remained optimistic when I saw him around 9:15 p.m. this evening outside the House of Representatives.

“I believe drafting the bill and passing it through both chambers and having the Governor sign it is still doable before midnight May 9,” Fleischmann said. “I remain cautiously optimistic. The clock doesn’t worry me … It’s totally doable.”

How about House Speaker Chris Donovan, D-Meriden? The two major teachers unions at odds with Malloy over how to reform the system endorsed Donovan for Congress.

“It’s a big package,” he said during a break in a House debate on another bill. “I’m working on it. I’m working on it. Some times it seems closer than others.”

Brian Lockhart