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

Boston schools review policy banishing overage students

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Officials are expressing a willingness to revise their policy so some or all of the students turning 22 can finish the school year.

Councilor wants hearing on letting older students stay in school

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About 100 students in 16 schools face immediate removal before this school year ends.

Marty Walsh, others again go to bat for higher school funding

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The mayor supports new legislation that would guarantee a minimum amount of state aid to all school systems statewide.

Yes, that is new furniture in Boston schools — millions of dollars worth

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In what is likely the biggest investment in school furniture in decades, the Boston Public Schools spent millions on 55,000 new desks, chairs, bookcases, computerized white boards, and other furnishings.