Devin Katayama

Midday Host/Education Reporter

Devin Katayama is an award-winning journalist who hosts the midday for WFPL Louisville Public Media. He's also the station's education reporter.

Devin earned his M.A. in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago where he was a Follet Fellow. While in Chicago, he won the Studs Terkel Community Media Workshop Scholarship award for his stories on street youth. 

Devin previously worked with WBEZ Chicago Public Media’s Worldview program and with Northern California KQED’s The California Report. He earned his B.A. in English Creative Writing at CUNY Hunter College in New York City. 

For more of his work, check out audiocollected.org.

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Education
1:50 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

JCPS Forming Advisory Council To Help Guide Career Themed High Schools

JCPS has 15 career themed high schools.
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Louisville business and non-profit leaders are being asked to help lead a public school initiative that will improve community engagement and enhance career and technical learning in the classroom.

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Education
11:00 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Centre College Lifts Lockdown Following Homicides Near Campus

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UPDATE 12:24 pm: According to Centre's Twitter account the lockdown has been lifted.

Centre "has been informed by Danville police that we are clear to go off lockdown, effective immediately. Classes resume at 1:50 pm," the Tweet says.

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Education
1:44 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Kentucky's African American Disparities Continue, U.S. Census Data Shows

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More African Americans in Kentucky are living in poverty, and their median income levels  remain below the rest of the state, according to a U.S. Census survey released Thursday.

The American Community Survey provides an annual snapshot of social, economic, demographic and housing data that's based off previous year records.

In Kentucky, around 20 percent of residents were living in poverty in 2012, which remained neutral over the previous year. But for African Americans that number went from just under 33 percent to around 36 percent.

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Education
9:36 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Indiana's ISTEP+ Test Results Mapped Out

Districts in shades of green saw increases in their ISTEP scores. Districts in shades of brown saw decreases. The deeper the color, the bigger the change in the district’s pass rate.

Our friends at the State Impact project in Indiana have mapped out yesterday's ISTEP+ exam results by school district.

As WFPL reported Wednesday, ISTEP+ scores--which measures third through eighth grade students in English language arts and math--improved slightly over last year. In southern Indiana school districts, scores in English dropped but improved in math.

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Education
3:43 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

English Scores Drop In Southern Indiana Schools, Math Scores Improve

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English language arts test scores have dropped in southern Indiana schools as they continue lagging behind their peers, according to preliminary ISTEP+ exam results issued by the Indiana Department of Education today. 

Greater Clark County Schools Superintendent Andrew Melin says it's interesting that English scores dropped in the region and he couldn't provide a guess as to why.

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Education
10:30 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Follow Up: Check Out Public Montessori School Enrollment Numbers for Jefferson County Public Schools

Earlier this month, WFPL reported on the increased student enrollment at the Montessori School of Louisville, which more than doubled the number of students it serves.

Montessori education is an approach that combines grade levels in the same classroom and uses hands-on learning techniques to teach students.  

We have since received the enrollment numbers in Jefferson County Public Schools' three Montessori programs and thought we'd share them.

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Education
2:19 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Kentucky Students Improve In Graduation, College-and-Career Readiness Rates

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Kentucky’s high school graduation rate is one of the highest in state history and education officials say more students are finishing college and career ready than ever before.

Gov. Steve Beshear joined Education Commissioner Terry Holliday Tuesday in announcing the preliminary results of new assessment data that will officially be released later this month. The state posted an 86 percent graduation rate this year, improving from the 78 percent rate in 2012. 

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Local News
1:27 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

U of L, Norton Healthcare Officials Call Meeting on Kosair Children's Hospital 'Constructive'

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Norton Healthcare officials say a meeting with University of Louisville leaders this week was "constructive" and the two sides plan to meet again soon.

U of L criticized Norton for entering into a partnership with UK Healthcare for the use of Louisville’s Kosair Children’s Hospital, which Norton owns. The hospital sits on state-owned land and under state rules must benefit U of L and Kentucky citizens.

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Local News
10:00 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Louisville's Library System Offers Online 'Computer Tech' Learning Services

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Louisville’s public library members now have access to a new service that can help teach them the skills needed to develop web applications or start an online business, all from home.

The Louisville Free Public Library is trying to expand its services to offer resources for the 21st Century and part of that includes providing library members with online learning opportunities, says director Craig Buthod.

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