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

Push for more school funding gains ally

By , Globe Staff

More than a dozen education advocacy organizations are creating a new coalition to push for more school funding to help close achievement gaps among students of different backgrounds.


No place for stress in this office

By , Globe Staff

Massachusetts Teachers Association president Merrie Najimy brings a sense of calm to her job.

School board weighs options for search

By , Globe Staff

Laura Perille, appointed to the interim post in July, has refused to say publicly whether she would apply for the permanent job.

Groups demand BPS interim superintendent be barred from permanent job

By , Globe Staff

Laura Perille, the former head of the Boston nonprofit EdVestors, has never run a school system before and never worked as a teacher or principal.