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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Local News
5:14 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Kentucky Targets Frequent Emergency Room Users Through National Program

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Kentucky is one of six states along with Puerto Rico that will participate in a program to help drive down medical costs by targeting frequent healthcare system users.

The National Governors Association introduced the Developing State-Level Capacity to Support Super-Utilizers policy academy to help train officials from participating states to develop plans that can serve as policy drivers, but which may also serve patients who could benefit from less costly, more appropriate treatment.

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Education
2:48 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Education Commissioner Acknowledges Focus On Student Learning in New JCPS Teachers Union Contract

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday joined JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens at a forum this year.
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Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says he appreciates the focus on student learning in the new Jefferson County Teachers Association contract, and the state will monitor its impact on low-performing schools in the district.

Holliday was critical of the union contract prior to negotiations, which began in early June. He previously said there were instances where teachers at low-performing schools would not follow certain turnaround efforts because of the contract provisions. 

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Education
11:19 am
Thu July 18, 2013

What Else Is Included In The Jefferson County Teachers Association Contract?

The Jefferson County school board and teachers union have both approved the new five-year bargaining agreement that will give schools more options when hiring teachers. 

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Education
8:27 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

JCPS Approves New Teachers Union Contract; Board Member Questions Paying Union President

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The Jefferson County Board of Education has approved a new five-year bargaining agreement with the teachers union, but the vote was not unanimous.  

The contract was approved 5-1—board member David Jones Jr. was absent—and will mean more flexibility for principals and schools when hiring new teachers and no cost-of-living increases.

Click here to read the contract.

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Education
5:40 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Congressman Yarmuth Introduces Literacy Bill, But Education Remains An Issue For Congress

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U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth says reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind Act remains a challenge and certain programs that need updating are falling by the wayside.

Yarmuth has introduced the Literacy Education for All, Results for the Nation ACT—or LEARN Act—in the House and an identical bill has also been introduced in the Senate. Both bills face uphill battles as Congress discusses reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind Act, which hasn’t been updated for over a decade.

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Education
9:00 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Anti-Union Group 'Pleased With Progress' In Teachers Contract, JCPS School Board Votes Tonight

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Leaders from Kids First Louisville—one of the groups that have criticized the Jefferson County Teachers Association—now say they’re pleased with progress the district and union have made on the new teachers' contract, which will be voted on by the school board Wednesday night. 

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Local News
2:54 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Kentuckiana's Summer Youth Jobs Program Credits Private Business For Its Success

Mayor Greg Fischer announces results of the Summer Works program at the downtown Thorntons.

Officials say a majority of the 1,500 kids participating in Louisville’s Summer Works program are working with private businesses, which has exceeded the city’s overall goal despite raising less private funds than expected.

The Summer Works program is administered by KentuckianaWorks, which is established under federal law to help job training and placement.

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Local News
8:26 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Louisville Free Public Library Grows Collection of E-Books, Magazines, Music

The library's e-content (books, magazines, music) continues to grow in popularity.

E-books continue to grow in popularity in the Louisville Free Public Library system, but the electronic catalog has expanded well past literature.

In April, the library system added music. Users can stream jazz, classical and world music genres and LFPL director Craig Buthod says the library is eventually interested in adding video.

Last year, there were around 7,200 downloads per month. Now, he says there are over 30,000.

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Education
6:45 am
Mon July 15, 2013

JCPS Takes Registration Process On The Road To Reach Remaining Families

Jefferson County Public Schools is trying to reach any remaining students who have not yet registered with the district by taking their application process on the road.

Over the next month, JCPS will drive a vehicle stocked with computers and employees to certain neighborhoods and help families register.

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Education
3:00 pm
Sat July 13, 2013

Jefferson County Teachers Association Members Ratify New 5-Year Contract

Jefferson County Teachers Association members have ratified a new five-year contract with the school district, which includes no cost-of-living pay increases next year and gives principals more flexibility in hiring.

The JCTA asked its over 6,000 members to vote over the past week and union officials now say 84 percent approve of the contract.

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