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

Two new Boston school buildings on the horizon, as 17 schools add sixth grade

By , Globe Staff

Boston school officials say they have reached significant milestones in their effort to overhaul the system’s aging buildings.

In Cambridge, honors classes for everyone

By , Globe Staff

Cambridge Rindge and Latin has dismantled the racial divide between honors and lower-tier classes in two subjects in which diverse perspectives perhaps matter the most: English and history.

Hundreds rally for changes to school funding formula

By , Globe Staff

The rally topped off an afternoon of events that featured a separate march of more than 100 advocates who snaked their way through the State House.

Cassellius reaches out to parents, students

By , Globe Staff

The Boston School Committee approved the new superintendent’s contract Wednesday.