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

State to review Boston Public Schools

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The reviews examine leadership, governance, curriculum, instruction, assessment, human resources, professional development, student support, and finances.

Together, they’ve taught at BPS for more than a century

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Janet Fillion and Alma Wright are the district’s longest-serving teachers. Their careers span 15 superintendents, the dawn of the classroom computer, and the racial turmoil of the 1970s.

After years of debate, top Mass. lawmakers unveil school funding plan

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House and Senate leaders on Thursday unveiled long-awaited legislation they say will overhaul the state’s antiquated school-funding formula by funneling $1.4 billion more toward cities and towns over seven years.

At Boston Public Schools, even the city’s most politically connected can get the runaround

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City Councilor Michelle Wu was told to bring her young son to Sumner Elementary School Wednesday morning. When they arrived, no one at the school was expecting them.