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:

When the School Building Itself Is a Barrier to Equal Education

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

New York City students with physical disabilities share what it means to have limited access to spaces inside their public schools. Suffice it to say, they're fed up.

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City Spells Out Initiatives to Increase School Diversity

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Is the plan bold? Not at all, according to some observers. But many say it's a good first step, with some concrete, measurable goals.

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City to Release Long-Awaited Plan Addressing School Segregation

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

As part of the plan, New York City will create an advisory group to evaluate whether initial diversity policies are working and to make additional policy recommendations in a year.

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Overlap of Prom and Ramadan Sparks Debate at Brooklyn Tech

Thursday, June 01, 2017

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan this year coincides with the last month of school in New York City, when proms and other end-of-year festivities take place. 

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Parents Want More of a Say in How Investigators Question Kids

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Investigators looking into possible employee misconduct at two New York City schools questioned students without seeking permission from the parents or even telling them about it. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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