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

Dorchester Academy scheduled to close

By , Globe Staff

Superintendent Tommy Chang will present his plan to the School Committee next week.

Boston high school grads missing goal on degrees

By , Globe Staff

A decade ago, Mayor Thomas Menino set a goal of doubling the percentage of city high school graduates who earned college degrees. But Boston is falling short.

Massachusetts students top national math and reading exams

By , Globe Staff

The latest round of results on the National Assessment of Educational also raises concerns about stagnation.

Boston schools place 2 headmasters on leave

By , Globe Staff

The school system declined to say why the headmasters of West Roxbury Academy and Brighton High School were removed from their posts.