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
12:43 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Louisville Montessori School Doubles Enrollment

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The Montessori School of Louisville has seen increased interest over the past year, says head of schools Gregory Dixon.

The small program located in Louisville's East End has more than doubled its enrollment to 130 students this year. Dixon says the school has added two classrooms, there are  waiting lists for some programs and he’s been pushed out of his office to make more space.

“Montessori is growing. Montessori movement is growing in North America and the states and specifically in Louisville right now," he says.

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Education
7:00 am
Sun September 8, 2013

Can Training the Brain Help Struggling Louisville Students' Performance?

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Louisville public school students are participating in a new program that proponents says will strengthen memory processing and create lasting effects for how students learn.

The program, LearningRx, has existed thorough Seven Counties Services since 2011. It focuses on skills tested for IQ,—such as long and short term memory, visual and auditory processing, and logic and reasoning, said Michelle Wright, executive director of Louisville’s LearningRX center.

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Education
3:11 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Kentucky 's Interim Joint Education Committee Hears Charter Schools Issue

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A Kentucky legislative panel will hear testimony from charter school advocates next Monday ahead of next year’s legislative session.

The request came from the recently created Kentucky Charter Schools Association and its chairman, Hal Heiner, who says for the past three years charter school legislation has been rejected by the state legislature.

Specifically, Heiner takes aim at House Democrats on the education committee who have refused to give charter schools a fair hearing.

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Local News
2:40 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Norton Healthcare Rejects U of L's 30-Day Demands, Risking Lawsuit

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Arguments continue this week over the recently announced partnership between Norton Healthcare and the UK Healthcare.

Norton has rejected demands made by the University of Louisville to end its recently-announced pediatric services agreement with UK, and to instead negotiate with U of L.

The dispute is over the use of Kosair Children’s Hospital, which Norton owns but sits on state-owned land that must be used to benefit U of L and the citizens of Kentucky.

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Local News
12:41 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Indiana Delays Approving Tolls Rates, Kentucky Fears Higher Project Costs As Result

Artists rendition of the new East End Bridge; three of Louisville's five bridges will be tolled when the project is completed.
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In a surprise move, Indiana officials said they were not ready to approve toll rates for the Ohio River Bridges Project, which could end up costing Kentucky taxpayers or commuters.

The bi-state tolling body was expected to approve toll rates Thursday morning, which will be used to pay for the new East End and downtown bridges and for the reworking of Spaghetti Junction. Instead, Indiana officials removed the item from the agenda. Afterward, spokesman Will Wingfield told media the state just wasn’t prepared.

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Local News
6:45 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Committee Expects To Approve Ohio River Bridges Tolls Thursday Morning, Rates Still Uncertain

Artists rendition of the East End Bridge, one of three that will be tolled to pay for the Ohio River Bridges Project.
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The Indiana and Kentucky bi-state tolling body will meet Thursday morning and decide toll rates for the Ohio River Bridges Project, but those rates are subject to change if the project’s costs change, officials say.

Tolls have not been met with open arms by everyone, but bi-state officials say tolls are a necessary funding mechanism for new East End and downtown bridges and the reconstruction of Spaghetti Junction.

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Education
4:58 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Louisville Schools for At-Risk Students Say JCPS Not Doing Enough to Keep Kids Safe

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Leaders from five agencies that serve at-risk children in Louisville say the Jefferson County school district isn't doing enough to ensure there are ample employees to keep students and staff safe at their schools.

Maryhurst, St. Joseph Children’s Home, Boys and Girls Haven, Home of the Innocents and Uspiritus (Brooklawn and Bellewood campuses) all treat children with emotional and behavioral disorders, many of whom are wards of the state or have had traumatic life experiences or unstable homes.

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Education
3:42 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

JCPS Board Offers 'Community Conversations' To Answer Questions

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Members of the Jefferson County Board of Education will hold a series of public discussions that will begin this week to connect with parents and stakeholders.

Part of the district’s strategic plan--Vision 2015--involves more community outreach, and chairwoman Diane Porter says to meet that goal the board developed the idea of "Community Conversations" earlier this year.

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Education
3:00 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Parent Leadership Classes Begin For 37 In JCPS

The Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership will begin training in Louisville this week, giving parents with children in struggling  schools a chance to change the way they participate in their education.

The institute was started by Kentucky’s Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence 16 years ago, says Carol Edelen, Prichard's community supports coordinator.

Since then, funding has dried up and fewer  training opportunities  have been offered, but the institute is needed, she says.

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Education
9:43 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Kentucky Students May Post Highest Graduation and College-and-Career Rates in State History

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is calling the early results of the state's accountability process promising—he says public school students may post their best results ever in two major categories.

The Kentucky Department of Education implemented its new accountability system in 2012. When this years results are released--which is expected to happen at the end of this month--it will be the first time schools and districts can measure the certain results, like college-and-career readiness, against a previous year.

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