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

26 Boston schools at risk of being declared ‘underperforming’

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Officials are expected to learn the schools’ fate when the state releases MCAS data in late October.

Boston teachers ratify contract that includes pay raise

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The Boston Teachers Union overwhelmingly approved a two-year contract that replaces an agreement that expired in August 2016.

Mayor Walsh’s record on education shows incremental improvements

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A Globe review showed Walsh’s most ambitious initiatives have been mired in studies and public debate.

Boston school bus performance improves dramatically

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Some 71 percent of Boston school buses arrived by the opening bell, a dramatic improvement from Thursday when only 44 percent showed up on time.