Gov. Dannel Malloy is in Washington this morning touting Connecticut’s participation in a promising new program that will extend the public school day in Meriden, New London and East Hartford. Back home, state Comptroller Kevin Lembo — rapidly emerging from the ranks of obscure government officials – will be issuing another update on the state’s projected deficit. The longer school day, as much as 300 additional hours for students in low-performing schools, will bring new national attention to Gov. Malloy’s efforts to revive school reform efforts in Connecticut. Lembo’s deficit news almost certainly will mean predictions of more red ink, which could make it more difficult to full-fund the menu of school reforms approved by the General Assembly this year.