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

With Chang out, parents ponder future

By , Globe Staff

Friday’s announcement of Superintendent Tommy Chang’s impending departure from the Boston school system took few parents by surprise. They knew he had been on shaky ground for several months — the question was when he would leave.

Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang to resign

By and , Globe Staff

In an interview Friday, Chang confirmed he is stepping down, after three years, saying he is in active negotiations with the Boston School Committee “for a mutual parting of ways.”

Chang, BPS sued over secrecy surrounding student information sharing with ICE

By , Globe Staff

Boston school officials have repeatedly refused to disclose how often they give student information to federal immigration authorities.

Building boom at Boston charter schools outpaces that at other city schools

By , Globe Staff

Nearly a dozen charter school projects total almost $300 million and will create about 600,000 square feet for 5,700 students, according to a Globe analysis.