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

Education advocates see progress on Beacon Hill

By , Globe Staff

Many education advocates are characterizing the state’s new budget as a big step toward overhauling school funding, but they are still eager for Beacon Hill to pass a separate and more comprehensive remake of the state’s 26-year-old funding formula.

Nearly a third of high school students with disabilities experience cyberbullying, report says

By , Globe Staff

More than a third of those victims reported that they had suicidal tendencies due to the harassment they encountered on social media, the report said.

Roslindale school gets a big gift from an unlikely source: the United Arab Emirates

By , Globe Staff

A new soccer field, valued at $275,000, was formally accepted by the School Committee Wednesday night. Peace activists criticized school officials for taking a donation from a country that doesn’t share their values.

Environmental group sues to force Boston school buses to quit idling

By , Globe Staff

The Conservation Law Foundation’s lawsuit against the school system’s transportation contractor, Transdev, found 42 instances of buses idling too long this year in bus yards in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Charlestown.