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
3:32 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Author Sarah Garland Tells Louisville's School Desegregation Story

Author Sarah Garland writes about Jefferson County's desegregation policy in "Divided We Fail."

Louisville native and author Sarah Garland spoke with WFPL about her new book, Divided We Fail: The Story of an African American Community that Ended the Era of School Desegregation.

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Local News
12:55 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Mayor Fischer Names Anthony Smith Louisville's New Safe Neighborhoods Director

Anthony Smith has been named Louisville's Director of Safe Neighborhoods.

Mayor Greg Fischer has appointed Louisville’s new Director of Safe Neighborhoods, a position that was recommended by the city’s violence prevention task force last year.

Anthony Smith is the director of network organizing for the Network Center for Community Change (NC3) and serves on Louisville's Board of Heath and has worked with the 15,000 Degrees  education initiative, which is part of the city's 55,000 Degrees program.

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Education
4:00 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Representatives from Louisville's Out-of-School Time Charter Share Ideas in Baltimore

Last year, members of Louisville's Out-of-School Time Charter sign partnership agreement.

Members of Louisville's Out-of-School Time Coordinating Council Charter will share ideas in Baltimore Thursday with other cities that are seeking to improve after school programming.

Louisville was one of nine cities nationwide that received a Wallace Foundation grant to improve systems supporting after-school programs. 

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Education
10:08 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Jefferson County Public Schools Students Respond to 'Academic Genocide' Comments

Last week the Jefferson County Board of Education responded to criticism from Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday, who referred to the district’s lowest performing schools as “academic genocide.”

At last Monday’s school board meeting District 7’s Chris Brady addressed JCPS staff members, including three principals of low performing schools, asking what the student response has been.

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Local News
3:46 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

JCPS Board to Holliday: Talk to Us Before Media

Commissioner Terry Holliday used the words "academic genocide" while referring the JCPS' failure to adequately turn around student achievement at some schools.

Jefferson County Public Schools officials have released the following letter to media regarding comments made by Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday.

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Local News
12:19 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Kentuckiana Works Hosts 8th Annual Youth Showcase Saturday

Over 1,000 unemployed youths are expected to attend KentuckianaWorks 8th annual Youth Opportunity Showcase Saturday to meet potential employers face to face.

“If you get there before 10, you’ll see people lined up outside the door waiting to get in. It’s a little bit like the Macy’s wedding sale where you would see people rushing the door at ten o’clock," says Michael Gritton, ​executive director of KentuckyianaWorks, the federally mandated body overseeing job training and placement in the region.

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Education
12:00 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Defining Failing Schools and Why Low Achieving Schools Aren’t Alone

Jefferson County Public Schools’ lowest-performing schools took a hit this week. First, Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday described the district's practices in a Courier-Journal article as “academic genocide.”

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Local News
8:19 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Jeffersonville's City Phone System Down

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  According to Jeffersonville's Facebook page, "The City’s phone system went down last night and we are currently awaiting parts needed for its repair."

City officials further say, "Our AT&T representative should arrive first thing in the morning to begin work. However, repairs will not be complete until the parts arrive; hopefully at some point tomorrow. Therefore, all phones will be nonfunctional until further notice. I will notify everyone as soon as they are up and running. I appreciate your patience."

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Local News
5:31 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Kentucky Child Abuse Review Panel Bill Passes House Committee

A bill solidifying a panel to review child death and near death cases passed Kentucky’s House Health and Welfare Committee Thursday.

Gov. Steve Beshear created an external government panel by executive order last year to review certain child abuse cases. The order—established in the summer of 2012—followed a failed attempt by the General Assembly to pass a bill that would have established a similar panel.

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Education
6:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Kentucky Ed Commissioner: JCPS Shouldn't Be Surprised to See More State Intervention

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says his comments this week in a Courier-Journal article referring to JCPS’ lowest performing schools as “academic genocide” were “purposeful to get the community involved.”

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