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

BPS website foul-up gives parents flawed data

By , Globe Staff

For the past month, the district provided parents with incomplete lists, as well as misleading information about the quality of schools.

BPS plan would eliminate middle schools

By , Globe Staff

Superintendent Tommy Chang is renewing his push to reduce the variety of schools across the city.

W. Roxbury attorney elected school committee chair

By , Globe Staff

Michael Loconto is taking over for Michael O’Neill, who decided against running for chairman again.

Boston School Committee chairman to step down

By , Globe Staff

Michael O’Neill, who was appointed to the committee nearly 10 years ago, said he plans to stay on the committee and finish out the remaining years of his term.