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
10:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

JCPS Discipline Code Up for Review, Dramatic Changes Unlikely

Changes to the Jefferson County Public Schools’ code of conduct for managing discipline are being considered this year, and officials say they will likely not budge on removing zero-tolerance policy language which research shows has been be ineffective.

However, school board member Linda Duncan--who is also a member of the committee considering changes--does say the new code will likely provide teachers and staff alternative ways to deal with trouble students, including adding restorative practice language.

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Education
6:38 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Jefferson County Teachers Union Pushes for Wiggle Room in Teacher Evaluations

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The Jefferson County Teachers Association says it wants more freedom to create its own teacher and principal evaluations, which are expected to be in place by the 2014-2015 school year. 

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Education
3:12 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

With Possible Buyout Program, U of L Hopes to Double Number of Departing Faculty, Staff

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University of Louisville officials say a buyout plan under consideration could lead to the retirement of twice as many faculty members this year.

The university is offering the buyout program—being called the Voluntary Separation Incentive Program—to save the school about $2.5 million.

But the program first needs participants or U of L will decide not to offer it. Eligible faculty and staff have until March 15 to decide whether they want to opt in. The program would then need approval by U of L’s board of trustees.

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Education
10:28 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Some Principals of Low-Performing JCPS Schools Can Stay, Kentucky Education Department Says

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Leaderships audits conducted for seven of Jefferson County Public Schools' 18 lowest-performing schools were presented to the district Wednesday and the results show principals in those schools have the capacity to continue leading their turnaround efforts.

The Kentucky Department of Education's leadership audits are performed every two years for the state's 41 "priority" schools, which are schools that have persistently performed at the lowest level statewide.

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Local News
12:49 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Kentucky Jailing Fewer Youth Than Before; U.S. Jailing Even Fewer, Study Says

Kentucky's incarceration rate for youth has decreased in the past several years—but not by as much as the national average, said an Annie E. Casey Foundation report released Wednesday.

And Kentucky and two other states are responsible for 60 percent of the nation’s juvenile incarcerations because of court order violations for status offenses—crimes applied to youth such as truancy and alcohol consumption.

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Education
4:58 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Kentucky Joins States Tracking Individual Students' Graduation Stats

For the first time this year Kentucky will use a new formula to determine public school graduation rates, which officials say should provide schools and districts with better data to improve their support for student achievement.

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Education
9:26 am
Mon February 25, 2013

JCPS Developing Community Organization Database Called 'Louisville Linked'

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The plan to improve connections between Jefferson County Public Schools and local community organizations has received a positive response so far, Superintendent Donna Hargens days.

JCPS has been developing an initiative called Louisville Linked to connect students with community-based organizations that could work with them outside of school. The idea is to house data from the area’s CBOs that should help the district manage and grow the efforts of dozens of organizations looking to improve education.

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Local News
4:37 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

House Passes Bill Establishing Child Abuse Review Panel

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The Kentucky House has unanimously passed a bill to create an external panel to review certain child death and near death cases.

A similar bill failed to pass last year, but Gov. Steve Beshear signed an executive order in the spring to create a temporary panel, which has since been reviewing certain cases.

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Local News
11:28 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Court Delays Metro Goverment Ordinance Adding Fees to Special Olympic Donation Bins

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A Louisville ordinance scheduled to take effect today has been delayed following a court order issued this week, which would add fees and regulations to a program that's a major source of funding for Special Olympics Kentucky.

CEO Trish Mazzoni says there are about 90 textile recycling bins in Louisville where people can donate clothing and books.  Special Olympics Kentucky uses those bins to raise money and since April of 2011 the program has brought in about $150,000 statewide, she says.

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Education
4:57 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Kentucky Students Make Strides in AP Testing

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Over 12,000 Kentucky public high school graduates took an Advanced Placement exam last year, according to new data released Wednesday by the College Board.

That’s nearly a 75 percent increase from Kentucky’s graduating class five years ago. Half of those students--or 6,067--received a high enough score to qualify for credit at the college level, which is a benefit of taking AP courses and exams.

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