Education Bill Discussions Continue, Collective Bargaining A Sticking Point For Lawmakers

By Christine Stuart,

The governor’s chief of staff is optimistic that a vote on the omnibus education reform bill could happen later this week.

Mark Ojakian, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s chief of staff, said Monday that discussions this weekend went well and he is hopeful the bill may be ready later this week for debate by the Senate.

Ojakian is involved in the discussions between lawmakers and the administration and also was in charge of negotiations between the administration and the state employee unions last year.

One of the sticking points for legislative leaders in the education debate has been how union contracts are treated in the legislation.

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