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

On the T, a school system ad with an unfortunate misspelling

By , Globe Staff

The ad is one of seven versions in circulation. Another ad is missing a necessary second use of the word “you”: “Don’t let anyone tell you can’t do something.”

Washington approves revisions to Massachusetts’ school accountability system

By , Globe Staff

State standardized test scores will remain at the core of the revised system, but it includes some additional measures.

School official hit over donations to charter school advocacy group

By , Globe Staff

The chairman of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is again facing calls for his ouster from teachers’ unions and other education advocates.

26 Boston schools at risk of being declared ‘underperforming’

By , Globe Staff

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