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

Weston man charged with defrauding high schools, international students

By , Globe Staff

Keenam “Kason” Park’s company, which recently closed and officially went by the name K&B Education Group, partnered with private school in ten states, including Massachusetts, for nearly a decade, helping them to recruit students from foreign countries, particularly China.

The state has a big new school funding law. Here’s what it means

By , Globe Staff

Governor Charlie Baker on Tuesday signed into law a sweeping school funding bill that will eventually funnel an additional $1.5 billion of extra money to local districts.

City on a Hill Charter School to close New Bedford campus and lay off staff at its Roxbury sites

By , Globe Staff

A massive drop in student enrollment at City on a Hill Charter School’s campuses in Roxbury and New Bedford is prompting officials to enact mid-year budget cuts and to close its New Bedford campus at the end of the school year.

How did your public high school graduates do in college?

By , Globe Staff

You can now look up college-degree earning rates for Massachusetts public high schools.