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

What if your high school transcript didn’t include grades?

By , Globe Staff

The idea is to show colleges what students can do, rather than how good they are at memorizing information or taking tests.

Some single-gender Catholic schools are flourishing while others struggle

By , Globe Staff

Some communities are seeing a renewed interest in single-gender Catholic education, even as schools like Boston College High School struggle.

Mitchell Chester, commissioner of elementary and secondary education, has died of cancer

By , Globe Staff

“He was a thoughtful leader. He loved the job he did. He cared deeply about all the children in the state. . . . He leaves a legacy that will stand for many generations.”

Students say this teacher of the year ‘spreads light’ for the LGBTQ community

By , Globe Staff

Rhode Island’s teacher of the year wanted to show his students they should be comfortable with who they are. So he posed with a black lace fan in the Oval Office.