Yasmeen Khan

Yasmeen Khan is a reporter covering education. You can find her stories on the air and on SchoolBook.org, WNYC’s education website.

Some of her favorite New York stories include delving into department store history and talking to eighth grade public school students about the anxiety—and excitement—of applying to high school.

After graduating from Brandeis University, Yasmeen worked for an international health organization in Boston and in Lima, Peru. She then pursued her interest in public health by receiving a Master’s degree in medical journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Shortly after, she fell in love with reporting and producing radio stories at North Carolina Public Radio, where she wore multiple hats:  producing Morning Edition, reporting, newscasting and producing for the talk shows The State of Things and The Story.

Yasmeen has also held jobs as a bartender, toll collector and dishwasher. She moved to New York City in 2010, but remains deeply devoted to Carolina basketball.

Yasmeen Khan appears in the following:

With Principal Out, a School Community Faces Lingering Tensions

Friday, May 19, 2017

Now that the embattled principal of Central Park East I has stepped down, it's clear there's lots of work to be done still to repair the East Harlem school community.   

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Outspoken Principal on Racial Justice Accuses City of Retaliation

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Jill Bloomberg, principal of Park Slope Collegiate, is being investigated for alleged communist activities. A lawsuit filed by Bloomberg calls the investigation "chilling."

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Meet The Teenage Girl Who Wants to Be A Boy Scout

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Sixteen-year-old Sydney Ireland has been an unofficial Boy Scout for more than a decade. Now she's petitioning the organization for the right to earn merit badges along with her male troop mates.


New York City Announces Plan To Expand Universal Preschool To 3 Year Olds

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

New York City has announced an ambitious plan to extend universal preschool to 3 year olds. Mayor Bill de Blasio says the effort will expand on the city's current program for 4 year olds.


Mayor de Blasio Outlines Plan to Expand Pre-K to 3-Year-Olds

Monday, April 24, 2017

The program will phase in more slowly than the rollout of full-day pre-kindergarten for 4-year-olds. To start, New York will focus on the South Bronx and Brownsville. 


Student Voice Plays a Key Role in Townsend Harris Shakeup

Monday, April 24, 2017

Reporters for the school paper, The Classic, exposed problems and discontent with the interim principal for months. Now, the school is getting a new principal.


New York City Ferries Get a Touch of Whimsy, Thanks to Second Graders

Thursday, April 13, 2017

New York City second graders have selected the names for the new ferry boats, including "Lunchbox," "Waves of Wonder" and "McShiny." For real. 


100 Years of Girl Scout Cookies — and How One Young Scout Sells Them

Thursday, April 06, 2017

It's the time of year when Girl Scout cookies are ubiquitous, creating a surge in workplace cookie-eating. We spoke to one young scout about her favorites, and her sales techniques.

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City to Offer the SAT During School Day, For Free

Monday, April 03, 2017

Juniors in the New York City public schools — about 70,000 of them — will be able to take the SAT on Wednesday as part of their school day in an effort to make the test more accessible.

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Court Orders New York to Release Millions for Struggling Schools

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The state budget office froze $69 million for schools designated as “persistently struggling” after some of the schools improved, a move that prompted parents to sue.


Poverty and Hardship Make Life Shorter in Brownsville

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Brownsville, Brooklyn, has the shortest life expectancy of any community in New York City, at 74 years. A new report lays out the factors explaining why.

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Annual State Tests, With Annual Controversy, Begin This Week

Monday, March 27, 2017

Adults on both sides of the testing debate have passionate messages about opting-in or opting-out. As for the kids, one fourth-grader says she's ready to just get the tests over with.

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Math and Politics at Odds in New York's School Funding Debate

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Ever since a decade-old court ruling said the state wasn't spending enough on education, New York has used a formula to calculate aid. But now, some say the governor wants to repeal it.


NY Drops Literacy Skills Test for Teacher Certification

Monday, March 13, 2017

Critics of the change say the state is lowering the bar for aspiring teachers. But supporters call the test duplicative, costly and a barrier to certification. 

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New York Lawmakers Seek to Limit Child Marriages

Thursday, March 09, 2017

A New York law, passed in 1929, allows teenagers as young as 14 to marry. But there's an effort underway to raise the age.


Students Showcase Projects at Lively History Fair

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Social studies sometimes takes a backseat to subjects like math and reading, but this month, it got a showcase of its own, within the grandeur of the New York Historical Society.


City's High School Grad Rate Edges Up to Nearly 73 Percent

Friday, February 10, 2017

Though the graduation rate is up overall, there are trouble spots, particularly for English language learners who saw a drop.


A Week and Two Plane Tickets Later, a Return from Iran

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Days after the executive order on immigration took effect, Saira Rafiee, a Ph.D. student, resigned herself to joining her classes by Skype. But a lot can happen in a week. 


With Travel Window Open, a CUNY Student Makes His Return to New York

Monday, February 06, 2017

The undergraduate student, a Yemeni citizen, returned to the U.S. with the help of immigration attorneys at CUNY. One of them greeted him at the airport, and WNYC tagged along.


Universities in New York Grapple with Trump's Immigration Order

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Some New York students and faculty have become ensnared in the travel ban, which many university officials call discriminatory and a threat to the exchange of ideas.