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
9:25 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Kentucky Remains Stable In Education Week's Annual 'Quality Counts' Report

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Kentucky's public education system mirrors some national trends that show states struggling to close achievement gaps while maintaining high marks for its recent education reforms, according to the annual “Quality Counts” report by the non-profit publication Education Week.

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5:00 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Kentucky 2013 Roadway Fatalities Show 64-Year Low, Jefferson County An Exception

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Fewer motorists died on Kentucky roads in 2013 than any other year in the past several decades, according to preliminary numbers from the state’s Office of Highway Safety.

KOHS director Bill Bell says 635 people died in roadway accidents last year. That’s a drop of more than 100 fatalities from the previous year.

The same success is not true in Jefferson County. As WFPL reported, there was a 33 percent increase in roadway fatalities locally last year.

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Education
4:44 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Kentucky's Financial Aid Agency Requests What Its Owed

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More than 100,000 Kentucky college students eligible for state financial aid will not receive it this year, according to the agency responsible for overseeing the scholarships.

That's been the story over the past few years. Now, the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority is trying to restore funding its owed to help a few thousand more students get money for college.

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Education
12:00 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

GED Test Gets A Makeover, All Unfinished Tests Nullified

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Kentuckians who have not finished their GED exams will have to take all four parts of the test over when the test is updated in January.

It’s the first time in nearly a decade the GED Testing Service has updated the exam, which is taken to earn the equivalent of a high school diploma.The last date to have completed the test before the update was Dec. 18.  

The new test will be administered by computer, which isn't expected to detour test-takers, says Jacqueline Korengel, Kentucky’s GED state administrator. 

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Education
7:45 am
Sun December 29, 2013

JCPS School Board Members Share New Year's Resolutions

If you don't believe in making New Year's resolutions then maybe making new goals is your thing.

Either way, we've asked Jefferson County school board members to share their "resolutions" with us. The invitation was sent to all seven board members; below are the responses from those who participated.

There was little guidance on what themes or parts of being a board member should be considered. Some reflected on larger ideas in public education while others chose personal challenges.

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Local News
12:00 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

Indiana Looks At Early Child Education, But Faces Challenges

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Despite a push from prominent Indiana lawmakers who to want expand access to childcare and preschool programs, it may be difficult for the General Assembly to pass any such measures in a non-budget writing year, according to Bill Stanczykiewicz, CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute.

Stanczykiewicz says early childhood education will still be one of the hottest topics in the statehouse in 2014 with nearly a quarter of Indiana children living in poverty.

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Education
12:01 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Kentucky Libraries Join Early Childhood Education Push

Kentucky has created a new task force to help turn public libraries into better early childhood education resources for families.

The 54-member group includes librarians from across the state who are charged with developing standards and resources that local libraries can use.

“I think this helps bring public libraries to the table," says task force member Heather Deiffenbach who also works for the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives.

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12:42 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Kentucky Juvenile Justice Task Force Releases Ideas For Reform

A group of lawmakers and youth stakeholders has made recommendations for how to improve Kentucky’s juvenile justice system to address low-level youth offenders who cost tax payers millions of dollars while receiving preventative services too late.

A 2012 report shows that one out of every six incarcerated minors is put away for low-level offenses. And the new findings show that misdemeanants and violators make up a majority of youth in out of home placements.

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Education
4:53 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Kentucky Education Group Says New Teachers Need More Supports

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The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence has presented its recommendations to lawmakers on how to improve teacher quality in Kentucky.

Prichard is an education think-tank that worked for over a year on the recommendations, which include finding ways to recruit new teachers to replace aging Baby Boomers and supporting equitable disbursement of new teachers among poor and better performing schools.

Kentucky also needs to do a better job supporting new teachers and those in training, says Prichard Committee Executive Director Stu Silberman.

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Education
12:13 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Kentucky Gets $44 Million For Early Childhood Education

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Kentucky officials say they want to make the state's voluntary rating system for childcare facilities mandatory and they will have help in the amount of $44 million to do it.

That’s the amount of money Kentucky won as part of the federal government’s Race to the Top grant competition for early childhood education. It's the third round of such funding provided by the the U.S. Department of Education with help from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Six states are winners from a pool of 17 applicants.

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