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

Metco students outperforming those in BPS, charter schools

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Boston students attending suburban schools outperformed their peers in Boston schools and charter schools in graduation rate and college enrollment rate.

Metco aims for fairer admissions process

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The voluntary school desegregation program is proposing a radical change to the application process in an effort to bring more transparency to bear.

A few districts would benefit greatly from Baker’s school funding proposal

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More than half of the state’s school systems would see their state aid creep up only by 1 percent or less.

Proposed Boston schools budget would overhaul science instruction

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The $1.14 billion budget for Boston Public Schools is a modest increase and comes amid a call by mayors for more state aid.