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

More questionable spending found at Dorchester charter school

By , Globe Staff

According to a report, the Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy’s former executive director dipped into school funds to pay her mortgage.

Boston schools agree to change policies on suspensions

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The changes are the result of a lawsuit that alleged students were involved in minor discipline incidents that the schools treated as urgent crises.

Parents, civil rights leaders want school closures delayed

By , Globe Staff

Nearly a dozen organizations called on Mayor Martin J. Walsh and school officials to halt all major construction projects until they develop a comprehensive districtwide facilities plan.

What is Boston looking for in a new superintendent?

By , Globe Staff

Does the district need a strong business-like manager or a proven academic leader at the helm?