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

More than 100 Massachusetts school committees demand state pay for COVID supplies

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More than 100 school committees across Massachusetts have passed resolutions in recent weeks imploring the state to cover all costs districts will incur next school year protecting students, staff, and others from the coronavirus.

Applying to college during the pandemic? College admission deans offer 5 tips

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More than 300 college admission deans nationwide came together Monday morning to offer advice to frantic applicants experiencing hardship, anxiety, and lost opportunities due to the coronavirus pandemic: Take care of yourself.

‘This does not feel safe’: Some criticize newly released Mass. school safety guidelines

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Governor Charlie Baker’s new guidelines for the start of the academic year left parents, teachers, and school officials eager for more details — and anxious about what the fall semester will hold.

State guidelines for schools: masks, meals in classrooms, no temperature checks

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When schools across Massachusetts reopen this fall, it will be unlike the start of any other academic year: Students, starting in the second grade, and all adults will need to wear masks; desks will face forward, ideally 6 feet apart but not less than 3 feet; and students will likely eat breakfast and lunch in their classrooms, according to state guidelines obtained by the Globe Wednesday