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

Job interviews of Boston’s superintendent finalists will be public

By , Globe Staff

The three finalists will interview in public Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Huge challenges await Boston’s next schools chief

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The issues facing the winner are immense and raise a critical question: What kind of superintendent does the 56,000-student system need to guide it?

BPS superintendent finalists stress desire to expand opportunities for city students

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Two finalists shared pieces of their personal journeys growing up as the children of immigrants and described how those experiences drove their work while the third stressed collaboration.

Boston to name 3 finalists for school superintendent

By , Globe Staff

Among the finalists are a former Minnesota education commissioner, a high-ranking Miami-Dade County school district leader, and the head of Cathedral High School.