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

Former Boston school leader to receive payment in secret deal

By , Globe Staff

Boston’s School Committee approved a separation agreement Monday, in apparent violation of the open meeting law, with Tommy Chang, the former superintendent of the city’s public schools.

State shortchanges public schools by $1 billion a year, report from research group says

By , Globe Staff

The shortfall is the consequence of the state’s failure to update its 25-year-old formula for doling out aid, according to the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center.

Four decades after court-ordered busing, Boston’s education gap remains

By , Globe Staff

A computerized system that Boston uses to assign students to schools is locking out many black and Latino students from high-performing schools, according to a report obtained by the Globe.

Laura Perille walked unusual path to interim superintendent

By , Globe Staff

One former Boston superintendent said “people shouldn’t underestimate” her ability to lead the system.