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

Boston School Committee votes to eliminate middle schools

By , Globe Staff

The goal of the policy is to have students attend just two schools during their time in the Boston school system.

Suit challenges school-funding formula, but it’s unclear if it will spur Legislature to act

By , Globe Staff

Legal and education experts differ on what impact, if any, the case would have in getting a school-funding bill passed on Beacon Hill.

Parents to file civil rights lawsuit against state over unequal school funding

By , Globe Staff

The suit contends the gaps between poor and well-to-do systems have been widening for years, enabling affluent students to have the best education money can buy as poor students struggle.

Boston Teachers Union ratifies new contract

By , Globe Staff

The 3-year pact includes a 2 percent pay raise, nurses in every school and 23 additional mental health providers for students, the union said Wednesday night.