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
7:56 am
Tue June 4, 2013

UNIQUE: WFPL Gives a Recorder to a Louisville High School Senior Enrolled in Online Classes

Darianne uses her dining room table as a classroom.

Graduation day is almost here for thousands of area students and we're taking a look at unique ways students are earning their diplomas.

Seventeen-year-old Darianne Hudson withdrew from Louisville’s Ballard High School a year ago and she enrolled in Jefferson County High School’s online program.

WFPL gave Hudson a recorder, which she’s carried around for the past several weeks.

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Education
4:33 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Program Offers Free Stuff to Help Prepare Louisville's Rising Kindergarteners

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Families are being encouraged to take advantage of the Louisville’s 8th annual Kindergarten Countdown program this summer, which will include more ways the region’s youngest incoming students can prepare themselves for school.

Kindergarten Countdown is a way to get parents and students comfortable and thinking about school early. According to screeners, around one-third of Jefferson County Public Schools students are school-ready when they enter kindergarten.

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Education
7:01 am
Sun June 2, 2013

Negotiations Begin: Can JCPS Find Common Ground With The Teachers Union?

Jefferson County Public Schools officials enter negotiations with the teachers union Monday to reconsider contract language that hasn’t been changed since 2005. With the backdrop being  criticism from state education officials and school reform advocates, many eyes will be watching closely.

Here's a primer on what issues will be negotiated and how the process works.

The Situation

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Education
1:45 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

As U of L Buyout Deadline Looms, More than 365 Employees Expressed Interest

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The University of Louisville will close its window Friday for eligible staff and faculty to accept a buyout offer that’s expected to save more  than$2.75 million dollars next year.

The final number that will accept what’s being called the Voluntary Separation Incentive Program will not be known until late next week at the earliest, said Sam Connally, U of L’s vice president of human resources.

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Education
5:09 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

University of Kentucky Targets High School Students With Online Chemistry Classes

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An online education provider is expanding its partnerships with more universities and schools around the U.S., including the University of Kentucky. 

Coursera is known for offering what's being called Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs. It has previously only partnered with a handful of established universities and schools. The courses are often accessible to anyone around the world for free, but only until recently were some courses allowed to be offered for college credit.

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Education
9:01 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Students Describe What Should Be Included In The Next JCPS Magnet School

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This week, a group of Jefferson County Public Schools students presented to the school board what they would include in the "next JCPS magnet" school.

Slides from the presentation are at the bottom of this story. Among the ideas were smaller class sizes, diverse class makeup that not entirely based on student performance, however they also say students should earn their spot within the school. Ideas also included more "hands on" and "real world" experience.

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Local News
6:00 am
Thu May 30, 2013

What You Need to Know About the Ohio River Bridges Project

An artists rendition of the new downtown crossing.
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Over the next several weeks, construction on the Ohio River Bridges Project will accelerate.

Here's what the Louisville area needs to know about where this project has been, where it stands now and what is to be expected in the future.

Kentucky and Indiana officials broke ground Wednesday on the East End section of what will be a years-long overhaul to the region’s interstate system. What comes next will be more workers taking to the sites, traffic changes, final decisions on tolling and more. 

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Education
3:30 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Pension Obligations 'Absolutely' On The Minds Of JCPS Officials

Jefferson County Public Schools may eventually owe more than $1 billion in pension obligations over the long run, but the details—including the exact amount—are still unclear, officials say.

During the JCPS school board meeting this week, Chief Financial Officer Cordelia Hardin said the district is aware of the potential financial burden that has been caused by the state’s poor management of its pension system.

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Education
8:57 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Louisville Pep Rally Will Celebrate College-Goers

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Nearly one-fifth of Jefferson County Public Schools seniors who say they intend on going to college and have filled out a student aid application won't be attending college in the fall, according to data collected by the district.

The city will now throw its first pep rally to celebrate college goers and to encourage students who may experience summer melt--which is being used to describe students who get lost in the shuffle during summer. 

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Local News
6:40 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Calling All Louisville Civic Hackers

Light green means less crime. Red is more crime.

Louisville-area software developers and technology entrepreneurs are being encouraged to participate Saturday in the National Day of Civic Hacking.

The White House is helping push the initiative, which is being hosted in over 90 cities nationwide in what will likely be an annual event. The idea is to find innovative ways to use public data.

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