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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.

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Six NYC Charter Schools Join Pre-K Expansion

Friday, July 11, 2014

The first batch of charter schools to offer pre-k in New York City will hold lotteries at the end of the month for nearly 200 seats.

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'Innovation' Schools Get a Chance to Shake Up the Rules

Monday, July 07, 2014

Dozens of city schools will have the freedom to stray from the rules this fall in the name of innovation.

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Drawing New School District Lines in 'The Lost Peninsula'

Monday, July 07, 2014

In a small section of Jackson Heights sits the 'lost peninsula,' an oddball zone where kids must change schools across district lines twice before the sixth grade. 

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The Final Push to Graduation

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Danielle Motindabeka has overcome incredible odds to succeed in the United States—she has learned English and made a home here. She tried very hard to graduate high school, and the last test she needed is one she's failed three times.

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School Data Show Student Churn in Early Years

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Overall enrollment in the New York City schools fluctuates slightly from year to year, but data show that many students who start early in the school are not the ones finishing.

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NYC Tweaks How it Reports School Crowding

Friday, June 27, 2014

NYC school communities concerned about overcrowding and connoisseurs of obscure technical reports take note: the next version of the "blue book" is out. City officials say they tried to make it easier to read.

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The High School Finale: Graduation Day

Friday, June 27, 2014

On Thursday, 46 students from West Brooklyn Community High School graduated from high school. As Principal Gloria Rosario said: "Some students just need a push through the graduation door."

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Farewell School Days. Hello Summer.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Students and school staff of the New York City public schools will call it a year on Thursday, and welcome two months of summer vacation.

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Determined to Graduate: 'You’re Going to See Me on That Stage'

Thursday, June 26, 2014

It was a battle to the end for Paula Dinh. After years of skipping class and other bad habits, followed by a big push to change her ways, Paula finds out if she finally earned a high school diploma. 

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Tentative Agreement Reached on Changes to Teacher Evaluation System

Thursday, June 19, 2014

If test scores alone lead to a poor rating, teachers could get a temporary pass. Plus, school overcrowding in New York City gets some help from lawmakers.

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School Counselor Relies on Message That Worked for Him

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A counselor for high school students with attendance issues says he hammers his message home, again and again: "This is something you can change. So get on your grind and go hard. You’re here for a second chance."

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New Workday Rules Focus On Teacher Planning and Prep

Friday, June 13, 2014

The city and teachers union are betting that additional time set aside for teachers to hone their craft and work collaboratively will pay off for students.

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Gates Foundation: Wait to Tie Student Performance to High-Stakes Decisions

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the Common Core's most prominent supporters, has called for more time before student test scores are tied to high-stakes decisions for students and teachers.

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Demand Outstrips Supply for NYC Pre-K Seats

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Fewer than half of the students applying to pre-k in a NYC public school got their first-choice match, and many got no match at all. The mayor is urging families to apply to community pre-k programs to increase the chances of landing a good spot. 

 

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NYC Unveils Next Wave of Pre-K Seats

Friday, May 30, 2014

New York City parents now have thousands of new options for full-day pre-kindergarten as the city progresses towards its goal of offering a total of 53,000 pre-k seats this fall.

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Early Childhood Teachers Come to the Defense of Play

Thursday, May 29, 2014

There’s broad consensus that pre-k students need to play to learn. But many educators say playtime is already getting kicked aside in kindergarten classrooms — and they fear the downward pressure will continue.

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All Metrics on Deck For Pre-K Expansion

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

As city officials embark on the expansion of full-day pre-kindergarten, they have tossed around the word "quality" quite a lot. A deputy mayor in charge of pre-k explains how the city will deliver on its promise of top-notch programs across the board.

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Student Athletes to Protest Uneven Sports Funding

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A teacher is on a crusade to change high school sports funding in the NYC public schools. He's taking his complaints to the federal civil rights office next in the hopes of getting more money for sports teams at small and neglected schools.

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City Builds Its Pool of Pre-K Teachers

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The city’s Department of Education is having to act quickly on multiple fronts to expand pre-kindergarten programs for this September. One essential they are working to nail down: hiring teachers.

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New York Schools Still Unequal

Friday, May 16, 2014

Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, New York's education commissioner told WNYC that there is much work to be done to racially and economically integrate schools.

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