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
6:34 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen Speaks to WFPL About JCPS Audit

Adam Edelen
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Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen on Wednesday accepted the Jefferson County Public Schools’ request to audit the school district.

Edelen was joined by JCPS board members, Superintendent Donna Hargens and Mayor Greg Fischer in announcing details of the audit which was approved by the board this week, following a recommendation from the superintendent.

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Education
11:16 am
Wed April 24, 2013

State Auditor Accepts Request to Review Jefferson County Public Schools

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Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen accepted the Jefferson County Public Schools’ request to audit the school district today Wednesday.

Edelen was joined by JCPS board members, Superintendent Donna Hargens and Mayor Greg Fischer in announcing details of the audit which was approved by the board this week, following a recommendation from the superintendent.

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Education
8:10 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Navajo Nation and JCPS Students Use Louisville To Study Food And Culture

Students from Fern Creek High School and the Navajo Nation pose for a photo.

This week, students from the Navajo Nation in the southwest United States will visit Louisville to learn about the local culture and work with Jefferson County Public Schools students to study food literacy.

In February, a group of eleven students and three teachers from Fern Creek High School flew out West to do the same. For some students it was their first time traveling by plane. The teachers who led the trip are young, innovative and say they want to challenge what a classroom could look like. 

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Education
1:33 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Louisville's 55,000 Degrees Initiative Awards Innovation Competition Prizes

Officials with Louisville’s 55,000 Degrees initiative have announced the winners of  its Innovation in Education Attainment Competition.

The Gheens Foundation put up $20,000  for the best idea that uses technology or innovation to increase the number of college degrees in Louisville. The competition received over 90 entries from around the country, says executive director Mary Gwen Wheeler, and that was whittled down to six finalists.

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Education
11:17 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

School Board Requests State Audit for Jefferson County Public Schools

The Jefferson County Board of Education is asking State Auditor Adam Edelen to review the district’s finances and policies.

The board approved the request Monday night 5-2 following a recommendation from Superintendent Donna Hargens.

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Education
6:28 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Board Members Consider Asking for State Audit of Jefferson County Public Schools

The Jefferson County Board of Education

Jefferson County school board members are considering asking Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen to perform a special audit of Jefferson County Public Schools.

"I think it’s something that’s going to be happening here fairly soon,” school board member Chris Brady told WFPL.

Brady couldn’t give specifics on what the state audit would look at. But Brady and board member David Jones Jr. have said it would be healthy for any organization to have an outsider look at the system for improvement.

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Education
5:32 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

JCPS School Board Freshmen Reflect on First Three Months

Three new school board members were elected last November.

It’s been three months since Jefferson County’s newly elected school board members took their seats to serve the district. WFPL caught up with the three board members to ask about challenges, surprises and first impressions since taking the oath in January.

District 2's David Jones Jr. says he was impressed with how far along JCPS superintendent Donna Hargens was in her restructuring plan.

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Education
4:44 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Ford Helps JCPS Develop Career-Themed Schools

Credit Courtesy of JCPS' 5 Star School book.

Jefferson County Public Schools has announced a partnership with Ford Motor Company Foundation to help the district improve its career-themed schools.

Louisville is one of 17 school districts nationwide participating in Ford’s Next Generation Learning initiative. The program includes a network of districts restructuring their career-themed schools to improve student outcomes and to prepare students for college and career readiness.

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Education
10:20 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Listen | WFPL News Special on Alternative Schools

There are more than two dozen alternative schools and programs in Jefferson County, each serving a unique student population including many at-risk students. The programs range from drug-abuse treatment to online learning opportunities.

But how do alternative schools work? And why are they needed?

WFPL explores these questions and more with JCPS Chief Academic Officer Dewey Hensley, Liberty High School principal Iman Talaat, Kentucky Youth Advocates executive director Terry Books and Kentucky Department of Education's Toyah Robey. 

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Local News
6:10 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Indiana Delays Vote on School Gun Mandate Bill

The Indiana state House will vote Monday on a bill that would grant school districts funds for school resource officers and to improve school security. 

The proposal will not include a provision that was introduced by amendment, which would have required all schools to train and arm at least one employee in order to protect students.  

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