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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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'Testing' Doesn't Have to Be a Dirty Word

Friday, April 15, 2016

One school is working to improve how it tracks student learning by making assessments frequent and low pressure. Most importantly, the approach treats students as partners.
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Former John Dewey HS Principal Cleared of Grade-Fixing Charges

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

An arbitrator ruled the city's Department of Education erroneously removed the principal of John Dewey High School last year, and must be reinstated as a principal with full back pay.
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Ahead of NY Primary, Cruz Meets with Clergy in the Bronx

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, confident after a Wisconsin win, campaigned in firm democratic territory in the Bronx.

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CUNY Protesters Take Their Budget Fight to the Governor's Door

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Protesters outside Gov. Cuomo's office in Manhattan called for increased funding for the City University of New York. Dozens were arrested after blocking entry to the building.
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For Cuba's Political Dissidents, Baseball is No Bridge to Diplomacy

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Former Cuban political prisoners in Union City, N.J. said that President Obama's trip to Havana was not a "thaw" between the two countries, but a stab in the back.

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New York's Opt Out Movement Revs Back Up

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Parents opposed to the state's annual tests aligned to the Common Core standards say they aren't appeased by recent changes, and they plan to boycott the tests once again.
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Seven Schools Meet Higher Diversity Goals in Fall Acceptances

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

New York City schools that were allowed to expand what enrollment factors to consider met their individual diversity goals for incoming students.
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City Budget Beefs Up School Construction But Overcrowding Persists

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

The Department of Education is adding a whopping $1.4 billion in funds to its school capital plan, but the infusion will only help the city tread water on school overcrowding.
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More Students With Disabilities Admitted to 'Screened' High Schools

Friday, March 04, 2016

High school match letters go out to New York City students on March 4. Among the results: an increasing number of students with disabilities are getting into selective high schools.
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New York City Students Get Early Crack at New SAT Exam

Friday, March 04, 2016

A newly overhauled SAT debuts nationally on March 5. But some 15,000 public school students in the city took it for free, as part of their school day this week.
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City Releases First (Somewhat Flawed) Report on Special Ed Compliance

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

New York City is supposed to keep track of how many students qualify for special education services, and whether they're actually receiving them.
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Parents Say Brooklyn Tech Feels Like 'Ugly Stepchild' of Specialized Schools

Friday, February 26, 2016

Parents of Brooklyn Technical High School students say the funding is lower there than at the other specialized high schools, and it's hampering students' education.
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De Blasio's First School Closures Up for a Vote

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Mayor Bill de Blasio's decision to shutter three schools may be on a smaller scale than his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, but the sting of closure remains the same. 
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City Plans Spring Training, Hiring to Meet Schools Agenda

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

To stay on track with its goals — higher reading levels, more Advanced Placement classes and expanded computer science programs — New York City has big plans for the spring and summer. 
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Demand for School Integration Leads to Massive 1964 Boycott — In New York City

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

The largest civil rights demonstration in U.S. history was not in Little Rock. Or Selma. Or Montgomery. It happened in New York City over segregated schools, where the battle continues.
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Schools Chancellor Makes Case for Mayoral Control

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Carmen Fariña asks lawmakers for an extension of mayoral control in New York City, saying how important it is "to work with a mayor who has my back."
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Here's a Tool to Find a Good Pre-K Program in New York City

Monday, January 25, 2016

The city's application season for free, full-day pre-k spots runs from Jan. 25 to March 4.
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Mayor Proposes $82 Billion Preliminary Budget for 2017

Thursday, January 21, 2016

De Blasio's plan includes new federal grant money to pay for ongoing Sandy repairs along with increased pension investments as the city's retiree population lives longer.

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New York City Boosts Translation Help for Parents

Monday, January 11, 2016

The city's Department of Education is creating nine new positions to oversee translation services at schools across the city, plus expanding access to over-the-phone interpreters. 
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Change of Zone Lines Marks a New Era for Two Brooklyn Schools

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

For the first time since P.S. 307 opened in 1965, its zone will include children beyond public housing. Now the work begins to bridge communities divided along racial and economic lines.
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