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
12:14 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

U of L Receives Another Large Gift for Capital Campaign, Student Scholarships

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The University of Louisville has received a $6 million gift that will be applied to its capital campaign and will be used for student scholarships.

Half the money is coming from the Henry Vogt Foundation and its president Henry C. Heuser Jr., which has been matched by other donors. U of L officials say it will now rename its Hallmark scholars program the Henry Vogt Scholarships.

Students with a GPA of 3.75 in high school and at least a 30 on the ACT or 1320 on the SAT can apply for the awards which includes full tuition and an annual $3,500 allowance.

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Education
11:56 am
Tue January 15, 2013

PULSE: How Education Activists Are Changing Students' Voices

The Pulse project was formed after a successful student-attended school board candidate forum last year.

Treasure Rogers is one of several Jefferson County Public Schools students who attended a school board forum last year. It was organized by two young education activists who just thought it would be cool to hold a forum in which students could participate.

“I asked a question and the candidates seemed like they really liked the question and they gave great feedback. So I’m like, how can we now act on it because you can’t change nothing if you just say it. You have to make actions to build upon for a change so how can I do that?” she says.

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Education
8:07 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Kentucky Asks Educators to Submit Comments for New Science Standards

The Kentucky Department of Education is asking educators and others to weigh in on new science standards the state will likely adopt sometime this year.

Kentucky is one of 26 states that are helping craft the Next Generation Science Standards though the leading organization Achieve. The leading states are participating with the intent to adopt the standards that are expected to be published by the end of March.

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Education
7:27 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Three Freshmen Join JCPS School Board Monday Night

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The Jefferson County Board of Education will hold its first meeting of the year Monday night and will swear in three new members who will serve the district over the next four years.

David Jones Jr. will replace Steve Imhoff in District 2, Chuck Haddaway will replace Joe Hardesty in District 4 and Chris Brady will replace Larry Hujo in District 7. All three won the majority of votes in last year’s election.

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Local News
12:32 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Louisville Should Develop South Fourth Street Corridor, Urban Land Institute Fellows Say

Courtesy of the Urban Land Institute

Visiting fellows from the Urban Land Institute have laid out plans for improving Louisville’s Fourth Street corridor and say the city should focus efforts first on the area they call SoBro — between downtown and Old Louisville.

There are four main sections to the corridor: downtown Louisville, SoBro (south of Broadway), Old Louisville and University of Louisville/Churchill Downs. Louisville’s challenge: How can Louisville create an identity for, improve connections between, and foster desired development along the diverse districts of the Fourth Street corridor?

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Politics
5:20 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Education Week Ranks Kentucky in its Top 10

Last year, Kentucky was 14th in the nation; In 2010 it was 34th, according to the report.
Courtesy of Education Week

Education Week, a national publication dedicated to education issues, has ranked Kentucky in the top ten on its annual Quality Counts report measuring education policy and achievement indicators.

The improvement in ranking was praised Thursday by Gov. Steve Beshear and Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday who credits the ranking in part to Senate Bill 1 and the state’s new accountability system.

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Education
3:29 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Police, JCPS Say Prevention and Participation Are Key to School Safety

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In the wake of last year’s mass killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., school safety has been a resounding issue in many communities. 

Kentuckiana school districts are among them and while some schools have improved school security, local leaders say the effort will require community involvement.

On December 14, 20-year-old Adam Lanza went on a killing spree leaving 20 students and six adults dead. Since then state and congressional lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have been pressured to reconsider gun laws.

But how has been up for debate.

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Education
5:18 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Report Cites Kentucky for Lacking Parent Empowerment, Charter Schools

A new report has been released by education lobbying group StudentsFirst ranking Kentucky low for its education policies.

Despite receiving a D- grade, some educators say the commonwealth is in the middle of its education reforms that aren’t considered by the report.

StudentsFirst was formed in 2010 and is led by former D.C .public school chancellor Michelle Rhee, who was both praised and criticized for major reforms she undertook.

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Education
1:20 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Advocates Support Toned-Down Kentucky Charter School Law

A charter school bill has been filed in the Kentucky House and supporters hope the less aggressive approach will help get it passed this year.

Rep. Brad Montell, R-Shelbyville , crafted the law with help from the Kentucky Charter School Project. It’s a coalition including several organizations that have argued for charter schools the past couple years.

Spokesman Joe Burgan says the bill attempts to appease opposition in the General Assembly by offering a trial run first.

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Education
10:35 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Welcome to The Next Louisville Education Project

It has begun. A year-long effort to report on issues related to public education in the community. We're calling it "The Next Louisville."

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The project includes more personal features, lengthy discussions, more context and as much data as the ear (and eye for the Web) can take.

Community Participation

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