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

What is Boston looking for in a new superintendent?

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Does the district need a strong business-like manager or a proven academic leader at the helm?

Commission urges expansion of after-school, summer learning programs

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The report notes that more than 200,000 Mass. students lack after-school programs; 197,000 are enrolled.

Dorchester charter school overpaid leader nearly $100,000, state says

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Trustees at the Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy charter school in Dorchester allegedly lavished its former executive director with hefty pay increases and other perks.

Students, parents denounce plans to shutter Boston schools

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For more than two hours, students, parents, and teachers told the Boston School Committee that they don’t want to see schools and programs shut down.