Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s staff struggled to characterize his plan to travel around the state talking about his 163-page education reform proposal. These events will be different from the 17 town hall forums Malloy held on his first budget proposal last year, so they didn’t want to necessarily call it a “tour.”

However, there was really no other word to describe what Malloy will be doing through the month of March.

The 163-page bill “needs an airing well outside of this building, well outside of Hartford,” Malloy said Tuesday.

The “Education Reform Tour” will begin March 1 in Hartford. Stops in New Haven, New London, Windham, and West Hartford have been scheduled so far and more may fall in between.

Malloy said he will keep the tour going until the legislature’s hands him the legislation to sign. And his staff said there will be a chance for the public to comment on the proposals at each of the stops, which is similar to last year’s town hall meetings.

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