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:

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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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Protests, Large and Small, Usher in Trump Presidency

Friday, January 20, 2017

Seasoned activists realize that a Trump presidency is inspiring people to protest, and they are ready to seize that opportunity.

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A Generation of Young Baracks

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Barack Tillard was born three months after Barack Obama was first sworn in as president. He's one of more than 120 Baracks born in 2008 and 2009 nationwide.

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What Looms for NJ and NY if Obamacare Is Repealed

Friday, January 06, 2017

As Congressional Republicans begin their effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, we look at the possible fallout for New York and New Jersey.

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Plans Solidifying for Women's March on Washington

Thursday, January 05, 2017

As details for the Jan. 21 march come together, including securing a permit and booking two high-profile hosts, more organizations and individuals are making plans to attend. 

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MTA Chief Says He'll Step Down Early This Year

Monday, January 02, 2017

Tom Prendergast oversaw the completion of the long-awaited Second Ave. Subway Line, which opened to the public on Sunday. On Monday, he announced his retirement from the MTA.

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A School Paper Exposes Turmoil Over New Principal

Thursday, December 22, 2016

A controversy at Townsend Harris High School over the interim principal has been steadfastly covered by reporters at the school newspaper, The Classic.
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It's a Freaky World Online. And Teenagers Fully Inhabit It.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Teens love conspiracy theories and hoaxes and, clearly, so do adults. We ask digital natives how these crazy stories are so widely shared — and believed — on social media. 
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Comptroller Finds Irregularities In First Audit of Success Academy Schools

Monday, December 19, 2016

The controversial charter network rebutted Comptroller Scott Stringer's findings in a detailed, 26-page response.
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Getting Students With Autism Through High School, To College And Beyond

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Nationwide, students with autism are enrolling in college in relatively low numbers, even compared to students with other disabilities. One program in New York City is trying to change that.

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