Reporter

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

New parent group to launch in Boston

By , Globe Staff

SchoolFacts Boston intends to identify pressing issues facing families and come up with resources to help them navigate school decisions.

Dozens of people are vying to be next Boston school superintendent

By , Globe Staff

The search for a new superintendent of the Boston Public Schools has attracted more than three dozen candidates with a range of experiences and backgrounds.

Dozens of people are vying to be next Boston school superintendent

By , Globe Staff

The search for a new superintendent of the Boston Public Schools has attracted more than three dozen candidates with a range of experiences and backgrounds.

Boston exploring new entrance test for exam schools

By , Globe Staff

Interim Superintendent Laura Perille said her administration is exploring the idea of replacing the controversial exam that has determined the fate of tens of thousands of students.