Devin Katayama

Education/General Assignment Reporter

Devin Katayama is the education reporter for WFPL Louisville Public Media. He earned his M.A. in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago where he won the Studs Terkel Community Media Workshop Scholarship award for his work on street youth in Chicago. 

Devin previously worked with WBEZ Chicago Public Media’s Worldview program and with Northern California KQED’s The California Report. He credits his volunteer work with KBOO community radio in Portland, Ore. and for Vocalo.org for helping him achieve in public radio.

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

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Education
11:12 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Split JCPS Board Approves Smaller Tax Increase Than Proposed

JCPS District 2 board member David Jones Jr. introduced a smaller tax increase that was eventually approved by a majority of board members.

The Jefferson County Board of Education has approved its sixth straight annual tax increase—but it's a smaller hike than the JCPS staff's 3.1-percent increase recommendation.

Several people addressed the board Monday night, criticizing the idea of increasing  property taxes 3.1 percent, which would have forced homeowners in the district to pay $22 more than the $700 they now pay for property assessed at $100,000.

The 3.1 percent tax hike would have given JCPS an additional $18 million in revenue.

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Education
4:57 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Indiana University Plans To Grow Online Presence

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Indiana University officials say they want to expand the school’s online education programs to reach more students and create more revenue.

Barbara Bichelmeyer is interim chancellor of IU Southeast. She says the university already offers more than 100 online programs, but the school only serves about 5,500 students.

By comparison, schools like the University of Massachusetts serve 30,000 students through online programming.

Bichelmeyer says IU plans to improve its marketing of online programs of over the next year to hopefully boost enrollment.

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Education
10:00 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Oldham County Schools Reduce Illegal Non-Resident Enrollment

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The number of families investigated for illegally sending their students to Oldham County Schools has significantly reduced and officials attribute the drop to an aggressive approach to tackling the issue.

During the 2011-2012 school year Oldham Schools took legal action against seven people and investigated nearly 100 claims that families were sending their students to the district from outside the county.

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Education
6:58 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Most Laid-Off JCPS Employees Are Returning After All

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Nearly all Jefferson County Public School employees who received layoff notices last spring will return to the district this fall.

Districts were required to inform the education department last May how many employees would be laid off, or be put on temporary holds. At the time, JCPS officials were uncertain how much funding would become available over the summer.

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Local News
1:09 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Jockey Calvin Borel Inducted Into National Hall Of Fame

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The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame has inducted its latest jockey, Calvin Borel. 

Borel’s racing career started in 1983. Since then he’s joined 26 other jockeys with over 5,000 wins and has more than $120 million in purse earnings.

Borel, 46, is also one of only two riders with more than 1,000 wins at Churchill Downs. The other is jockey Pat Day.

In his speech at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Sarasota Springs, New York, Borel thanked his long-time agent, his wife and his late parents.

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Education
10:58 am
Fri August 9, 2013

New JCPS, UofL Program Tries Keeping Qualified Teachers In Neediest Schools

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Jefferson County Public Schools and the University of Louisville have announced a program that will help the district retain its most qualified teachers in the district’s lowest performing schools.

The new CARDS program—which stands for Competency, Awareness and Responsiveness to Diverse Students—will offer its first cohort of seven JCPS middle and high school teachers full ride scholarships funded by the Gheens Foundation.

The first classes will begin this fall.

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Education
12:52 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Kentucky Education Officials OK New Science Standards Despite Criticism of Evolution

Kentucky education officials' consideration of Next Generation Science Standards gained national attention last month when The Huffington Post and others picked up on criticism of evolution and climate change during a public hearings on the matter. 

Here's the latest:

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Education
4:05 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Kentucky Education Commissioner Responds to New York's Common Core Testing

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Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday congratulated New York’s public education system following the first annual release of test results under the new common core standards that 45 states have adopted.

In those results, the number of New York students deemed proficient under its new test dropped significantly because of higher expectations in the common core standards, similar to what Kentucky experienced last year.

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Education
12:40 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Family Scholar House Opens Fourth Location, Louisville Metro 'Fast-Tracked' Approval Process

The Family Scholar House renovated this 19th Century Parkland School.

The fourth Family Scholar House has opened in the Parkland neighborhood and will help 48 more low-income single-parents earn degrees.

The program offers both residential and non-residential services to families that are struggling, and for many who have been homeless. The goal is to support families while the parent earns a degree, though success can also be measured by the 100 percent of residential participants who have transitioned into stable housing, program officials say.

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Education
3:08 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

AmeriCorps Adds Service Members To JCPS Programs

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Despite facing national and state funding cuts this year, AmeriCorps will be adding new members to Jefferson County Public Schools' program targeting at-risk students.

Nearly $4 million in grants have been awarded to Kentucky social service programs led by AmeriCorps (To see a list of the programs click here).

This year, programs that submitted applications for national grants were asked to cut costs by 5 percent.

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