On the eve of the 2012 legislative session, Education News Colorado caught up with Senator Johnston to preview his plans to tackle education reform.

Sen. Mike Johnston, D-Denver, promises a major school finance reform proposal, based on recommendations still to be finalized by leaders of the Colorado School Finance Partnership, a study group organized by the Colorado Children’s Campaign and others.

Johnston says “there are no decisions” yet on the details of the proposal but that it will be “something that’s a long-term vision for school finance in Colorado. … This would include a long-term plan for both funding and reform.

“Our goal is that this bill would be responsive to the Lobato lawsuit,” Johnston says, but he adds, “We would have had the same conversation without the Lobato decision.

Click here to read more from the EdNews legislative preview. You can also learn more about Senator Johnston’s efforts on education reform here.