Yasmeen Khan is an associate producer covering education. You can find her stories on the air and on SchoolBook.org, WNYC’s education website.
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.
With just a few weeks left at the helm, Mayor Michael Bloomberg seized onto state figures that show a record-high four-year graduation rate for New York City students graduating last school year. Traditionally, these numbers are released in June but the mayor said he couldn't wait.
Teachers from Brooklyn's District 15 decried linking high-stakes decisions and standardized tests, and called on Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio to select a schools chancellor who would reverse the testing trend.
Although the children who qualified for gifted and talented classes far outnumber seats available this year, some G&T classes are dramatically under-enrolled.
Frustrated families hired a prominent attorney to compile all of their complaints about school bus service in the hope that there's strength in numbers, and they will see improvements soon.
Education officials reflected on the strengths and weaknesses of the school progress reports in a policy paper that came as close to humble as the outgoing administration is likely to get.
After hearing that the state tests for third through eighth graders were too long, officials said they would shorten them. At least a little bit.
Applying to high school in New York City is a major undertaking that requires research and taking stock of one's priorities. "It’s way better than going to a zoned school," a student told SchoolBook. "But it’s also a lot harder." Applications are due Dec. 2.
Education officials say they're talking with the lowest-scoring schools about how to improve, an annual process that in previous years helped the city identify which schools to close. This year, the talks come with lower stakes.
Principals across the city said they were eager to see how a new mayor would approach grading schools and supporting those that are struggling.
Parents now have until Sunday to register their pre-K through second-grade children online for the assessment to get into one of the city's coveted gifted and talented programs. Families have until Friday afternoon to register in person.
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio repeated his campaign promise to expand early childhood education immediately after winning the mayor's race, in his victory speech and in his transition team. He now has eight weeks to chart out his education vision, including naming a new schools chancellor.
In a rare move, the diocese of Brooklyn is suing one of its own Catholic high schools. The diocese said the school allegedly violated its contract by renting space inside its building to a charter school, a fierce competitor to Catholic schools citywide.
The number of students suspended from school dropped by more than 20 percent last year. But racial and other disparities remain.
As his term comes to an end, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is on a new-school tear. He won approval to open another 15 schools and place others in existing school buildings at a meeting Wednesday of the Panel for Educational Policy.
As another round of proposals to co-locate schools comes up for a vote, WNYC gets inside a school to find out what it means exactly for multiple schools to share a building.
A new analysis from the New York Civil Liberties Union shows an overlap between students coming in contact with stop-and-frisk police tactics and school suspensions.
One year ago, Sandy took its toll on thousands of New Yorkers -- and dozens of New York City school buildings. Scholars' Academy in Rockaway Beach has been slowly rebuilding after the storm flooded the building's first floor.
President Obama came to Brooklyn to pressure Congress to act on the budget and celebrate the model of P-Tech, a six-year high school. He said Brooklyn was cool when he lived there but "not this cool."
A new school-based health clinic opened in the Bronx on Monday, the first of seven set to open this school year. Principals welcomed the clinic to their campus where many students suffer from asthma, diabetes and higher rates of overweight and obesity.
What happens when you give young people resources, mentoring and a deadline to tell a story? A marathon media festival finds out.