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
5:58 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

The First Days of School: Building Community, Expectations, Connections

Sarah Hodges says she'll spend the first days of school teaching behavioral expectations.

Greenwood Elementary School teacher Sarah Hodges sits in one of her student’s desks. Her room is clean, organized and it smells like the new air freshener she just opened.

I ask her how long it takes for everything to be messed up.

"About an hour," she says.

Inside the neatly packed folders on the students' desks are important papers they need to take home to their families. This includes the district's new Code of Conduct, which lays out the behavioral expectations for students.  

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Education
11:48 am
Mon August 19, 2013

What's New in Jefferson County Public Schools This Year

School begins Tuesday for Jefferson County Public Schools students.
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More than 102,000 Jefferson County Public Schools students are preparing for their first day of class Tuesday.

For the school district, Superintendent Donna Hargens says the focus this year is on executing the district’s strategic plan with the resources available.

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Education
4:00 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens: 'This School Year Is All About Implementing Our Strategy'

JCPS Superintendent joined WFPL Friday for a news special.
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Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens says the district has the strategy, structure and resources in place to implement a strong plan that will help improve student achievement this school year.

But money problems continue to plague JCPS, which has been forced to dip into its savings to support some of the district's new programs. 

Hargens joined WFPL on Friday to discuss these issues plus more. Below are excerpts of the conversation and a link to the full show.

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Education
8:32 am
Fri August 16, 2013

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens Answers Your Questions Today During WFPL News Special

JCPS Supertintendent will answer your questions today at 1pm on WFPL.
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More than 100,000 Jefferson County Public Schools students are back in class next Tuesday and there are several changes that officials hope will improve student achievement.

We'll be joined by Superintendent Donna Hargens today at 1 p.m. to discuss all this plus more and we'll be taking your calls.

What questions do you have about the state of public education in Louisville?

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Education
12:33 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Louisville Teacher and Councilwoman Seek Volunteers To Help Clean Up West End Bus Stops

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott has organized a bus stop cleanup day in her district to help quell nerves associated with the first day of school.

Scott is the councilwoman for District 1 and she says the cleanup this Saturday will target bus stops in three neighborhoods: Park Duvalle, Chickasaw, and Parkland.

“We have dozens that need to be cleaned. We’ll probably get to 15 to 20 of them because we don’t want to just focus on the bus stop proper but we also want to look at entire block," she says.

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Education
5:13 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Brain Drain Series: 'While I Had Been Away, Louisville Had Grown Up'

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Patty Payette graduated from the University of Louisville with a master's in English, but left the city in 1995 to earn her Ph.D in East Lansing, Mich.

Over the years, she would visit Louisville and was able to watch its slow but progressive growth. She returned permanently several years later with her husband and children.

Payette sat down to talk for our series on "brain drain" and growing talent in the city. She says when she returned she was looking for new challenges.

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Education
3:18 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

U of L Diabetes And Obesity Center Receives $11.25 Million Grant

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The University of Louisville has received a second multi-million dollar grant to continue studying the effects of diabetes and obesity.

The $11.25 million grant from the National Institutes for Health will help the school's Center for Diabetes and Obesity develop new researchers over the next five years who can continue their work after graduating from the program.

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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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