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. 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Local News
1:51 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul: 'I'm Trying to Figure Out How To Get More Votes'

Sen. Rand Paul sits with Simmons College of Kentucky officials to engage in dialog.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is asking Louisville’s African-American community to consider his vote.

Paul spoke to students and faculty members at Simmons College of Kentucky on Friday.

This follows his appearance this week at Howard University in Washington D.C. where Paul tried connecting black history to the Republican Party.

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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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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.
Credit The Kentucky Department of Education

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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