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

Teacher unions push to cancel MCAS testing

By , Globe Staff

The state’s largest teachers union has stepped up its efforts to kill MCAS testing this spring, outraged the House passed a bill Thursday night that could allow the standardized exams to take place amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Madison Park Technical Vocational HS donates medical supplies

By , Globe Staff

The donation included about 5,000 gloves, 1,000 gowns, 200 masks, and 200 foot covers.

City councilors, parents, educators blast state overhaul of Boston schools

By , Globe Staff

Educators, families, and elected leaders from Boston pleaded with state education officials on Tuesday to freeze plans for overhauling the Boston Public School system, blasting the effort’s launch amid the coronavirus pandemic as inappropriate and insensitive.

Baker orders schools closed until early May

By , and , Globe Staff

Governor Baker on Wednesday extended the shutdown of Massachusetts schools until early May in the latest measure to contain the coronavirus, as the number of diagnosed infections across the state jumped by more than half in a single day.