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
7:01 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Funds Running Out For Kentucky's Advanced Placement Support Program

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Kentucky is first in the nation for improving its rate of qualifying scores on Advanced Placement tests since 2008, say officials who testified to the Kentucky Board of Education Wednesday.

The commonwealth is also second in the nation for its rate increase for just math and science AP scores and officials are giving credit to the state's AP initiative AdvanceKentucky, which provides teacher training and other resources to encourage AP enrollment for all students.

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Education
2:04 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Kentucky Education Commissioner Provides Districts Incentives to Raise Dropout Age

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday supports raising the dropout age from 16 to 18.
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Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is giving school districts an extra incentive to increase the dropout age to 18.

Under a law passed this year, school districts may voluntary decide to increase the dropout age from 16 to 18. If 55 percent of Kentucky’s school districts adopt the policy, all districts must follow within four years.

The Kentucky Board of Education approved a resolution Wednesday urging school districts to approve a policy change.

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Local News
11:12 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Grawemeyer Award Winners Present, Pick Up Prizes

The five 2013 University of Louisville Grawmeyer Award winners are in Louisville this week to receive their $100,000 prizes and give public talks around the city. 

The awards--which began in 1984--acknowledge ideas rather than personal achievements and were created by H. Charles Grawemeyer provided initial financial support.

Below is a list of when the award recipients will speak. WFPL spoke with each of the winners last year. Click the names below to see more.

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Education
10:04 am
Wed April 10, 2013

A Conversation with Education Grawemeyer Award Winner Pasi Sahlberg

In Finland, children don't have to begin school until age 7.

High school is optional and the public education system--which is free and includes higher education-- includes wrap around services like free healthcare and access to healthy meals.

This is the Finnish way. 

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Local News
2:03 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Louisville Non-Profit Team Receives $100,000 to Develop Civic Engagement Plan

The ACLU of Kentucky is leading a group of non-profit organizations to develop a plan to improve civic engagement and equity in Louisville. 

Open Society Foundations is giving $100,000 to eight cities or regions, which will all compete for a chance to win longer-term investment to implement their plans. The teams must develop a unique proposal for their area that demonstrates how they would improve disparities in their communities.

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Local News
7:26 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Children's Organizations Begin Campaign to End Child Abuse This Week

FaceItAbuse.org is the website that will launch this week as part of the campaign to end child abuse.

Several organizations have partnered with Kosair Charities to participate in a campaign to end child abuse.

   

The announcement expected Tuesday comes in the middle of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Kosair Charities announced the initiative last year. Since then, Kosair president Randy Coe says the coalition has been developing a plan to measure the success of the campaign. The goal is to eradicate child abuse, which Coe acknowledges is ambitious.

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Local News
9:10 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Seven Counties Services Files for Bankruptcy

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Seven Counties Services officials say the organization filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Thursday, threatening the services of more than 32,000 in the region.

In a release sent out by Seven Counties, officials say the organization is "seeking relief from the burden of unsustainable mandatory employer contribution rates imposed by the Kentucky Employees Retirement System (KERS)."

Further, officials say the laws passed this legislative session "did nothing to address the financial burden placed on non-governmental entities like Seven Counties that participate in KERS."

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Education
4:48 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

ACLU to Schools: Stop Letting Groups Hand Out Bibles to Students

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The ACLU of Kentucky is calling on school districts to disclose their practices for letting groups  distribute literature to students during school hours.

Spokeswoman Amber Duke says the ACLU request follows multiple complaints by parents over the past few years in Kentucky. Most recently the superintendent of Logan County Schools has admitted allowing Gideon International to distribute Bibles, saying it was a long-time tradition.

Duke says in the past, the ACLU has dealt with schools individually.

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Education
4:44 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Indiana House Committee Passes Bill Mandating Guns in Schools

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Indiana could become one of the first states to require an armed official in every public school in the state.

Indiana’s House Education Committee has amended and passed a bill—Senate Bill 1—that would require public schools to hire and train a school official to protect students with a firearm, but some lawmakers say the bill is too vague and would not benefit students.

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Local News
1:21 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Louisville, Cincinnati Boats Face Off In 51st Great Steam Boat Race

Winner of the Great Steam Boat Race receives this pair of antlers.

This year's 51st annual Great Steamboat Race--part of the Kentucky Derby Festival--will continue using a points system developed in previous years to determine the winner. 

Last year, three boats raced, but Derby Festival president Mike Berry says that’s only happened a few times in the race’s history.

This year only the Belle of Louisville and the Belle of Cincinnati will compete. Berry says crews of the vessels will run around competing in ten different tasks like jousting, a music competition and—of course—boating around nearly 6 miles of Ohio River.

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