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

Mass. public schools violated law by denying Catholic, Jewish schools aid for special education, US officials say

By , Globe Staff

The US Department of Education has found that public school districts across Massachusetts along with state education officials have continuously violated federal law by denying services and government aid to students with disabilities who attend Catholic, Jewish, and other private schools.

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BPS superintendent makes more changes to leadership team

By , Globe Staff

Boston Superintendent Brenda Cassellius on Tuesday announced more changes to her leadership team, including replacements for recent departures and other shakeups that created some domino effects.

Foreign-student recruiter shuts down, leaving Mass. schools in the lurch

By , Globe Staff

Tuition bills to schools are going unpaid, even though the company collected the full amounts from individual families. Payments for students’ health insurance have ceased. So have stipends to host families.

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New Boston schools superintendent already faces changes on leadership team

By , Globe Staff

Brenda Cassellius, who started July 1, is contending with departures on her leadership team, from personnel to finance.