James Vaznis

James Vaznis likes to delve into stories that probe racial, economic, and educational disparities in public schools, especially through the lenses of students, teachers, parents, and administrators. These stories ideally examine why school systems and the state are failing to eliminate these disparities — by digging through data and documents — while holding public officials accountable for their inaction or misguided policies. Other stories highlight initiatives that are getting results with an eye towards explaining how and why these efforts are working. He is also interested in chronicling the growing attempts by educators and others to address the social and emotional well-being of students — an issue that cuts across urban, suburban, and rural lines — that is effectively turning some schools into social service agencies.

James has been a reporter for The Boston Globe since 2002 and has been covering K-12 education since 2008. He has also reported on New Hampshire, the suburbs, crime, and higher education for the Globe. Previously, he worked for The Daily News of Newburyport and the Concord Monitor where he covered education and other issues.

Latest stories

Mass. sees increase in educator misconduct investigations

By , Globe Staff

Massachusetts education officials have been investigating a growing number of educators for alleged misconduct.

New tests bring worse scores for Mass. students

By , Globe Staff

Students in grades 3-8 performed worse on the redesigned MCAS — often by eye-popping double-digit margins.

In Mass., about half of all 4-year-olds attend preschool

By , Globe Staff

Participation rates for 3-year-olds are even lower, according to preliminary results of a Harvard University study.

Confusion could surround Wednesday’s MCAS results

By , Globe Staff

The two sets of data from different tests could cause a lot of head scratching among parents and other longterm observers of the tests.