According to Courant education reporter Kathleen Megan, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Friday a special session to tackle education reform is “absolutely” a possibility if an agreement can’t be reached by May 9.

After Megan posted the comments on Twitter Malloy’s senior communication adviser Roy Occhiogrosso responded “this is nothing he hasn’t alluded to before. Also said he’s ‘optimistic’ a deal can be reached and voted on before next Wed.”

Outside the hall of the House, Mark Ojakian, Malloy’s chief of staff, was also optimistic that a special session wouldn’t be necessary.

“The last week around this building is hour by hour. We’re continuing to work really hard to come to an agreement with the hopes of avoiding one,” he said referring to a special session.