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

BPS superintendent finalists stress desire to expand opportunities for city students

By , Globe Staff

Two finalists shared pieces of their personal journeys growing up as the children of immigrants and described how those experiences drove their work while the third stressed collaboration.

Boston to name 3 finalists for school superintendent

By , Globe Staff

Among the finalists are a former Minnesota education commissioner, a high-ranking Miami-Dade County school district leader, and the head of Cathedral High School.

Officials may close two Allston schools for renovations

By , Globe Staff

Boston school officials will likely close the schools in two years for extensive renovations, but some parents worry the announcement signals a possible permanent closure.

Boston panel could name up to four superintendent finalists next week

By , Globe Staff

Public interviews of the finalists are tentatively scheduled to begin on April 22. However, a panel charged with recruiting candidates hasn’t decided yet on who the finalists will be.