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. 

For more of his work, check out audiocollected.org.

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Education
5:45 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Kentucky Students Improve Explore and Plan Test Scores

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The Kentucky Department of Education has released statewide data for two tests that show improvements over last year and state officials are pleased with the progress, but say there’s more work to be done.

The EXPLORE and PLAN tests are taken in eighth and tenth grades respectively. The tests measure preparedness for high school and the ACT college entrance exam that all juniors take.

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Education
2:48 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

JCPS Budget Talks Upsets Teachers Union

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Officials with the Jefferson County Teachers Association say if the school board proceeds with the preliminary budget adopted this week it could challenge the district in court.

The issue is over the elimination of some of the district’s school resource teachers. RTs help certain JCPS schools and teachers with curriculum or student academics. While some RTs work in specific schools, others are located in district offices like Gheens Academy.

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Local News
2:15 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Strong Winds, Storms Expected in Louisville; JCPS Cautions of Possible Morning Bus Delays

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Strong winds and severe storms—and maybe even an isolated tornado—are expected in the Louisville area Tuesday evening into early Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service said.

A wind advisory has been issued for Jefferson County and surrounding counties in Kentucky and Indiana, effective from 4 p.m. Tuesday to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

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Education
1:03 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

JCPS Career and Technical Education Improves Enrollment Over Last Year's Decrease

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Jefferson County Public Schools officials are optimistic about the future of career and technical education programs in the district despite a drop in enrollment last year.

A higher than projected enrollment in JCPS CTE programs this year has led to an increase in state funding of nearly $200,000. The JCPS board approved the increase in funding at Monday night's meeting.

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Local News
10:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Kentucky's School Safety Subcommittee to Meet Once More This Week

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The chair of Kentucky’s House Subcommittee on School Safety says the panel does not support arming teachers, despite hearing testimony last week in support of the option.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo created the special subcommittee to address school safety following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Since then, many communities have begun discussing ways to improve school safety.

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Education
7:54 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Louisville Author Highlights Effects of Desegregation in Local Schools

A Louisville native and education reporter has authored a new book to be released this week that considers the effects of the Jefferson County Public Schools’ student assignment plan.

Sarah Garland is author of “Divided We Fail”, which draws personal narratives into the conversation of desegregation in the public school system.

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Local News
6:23 am
Mon January 28, 2013

GLI Boosts Degrees at Work Effort, But Needs to Play Catch-Up

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Greater Louisville Inc. has increased its efforts to boost its Degrees at Work initiative, which is a partner of the city’s 55,000 Degrees program. 

Since the initiative was created in 2010, the GLI team in charge of the program has been gathering research and sending out survey’s to its member businesses who have expressed interest in connecting their employees with higher education.

“What the surveys do is it helps us determine who the employees are that want to know more about education and how we can assist them,” said Turner Wathan, one of three 

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Local News
4:39 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Kentucky's School Safety Committee Listens to All Options

Kentucky’s House Subcommittee on School Safety listened to more testimony Friday afternoon and for the second time since its creation.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo created the special subcommittee to address school safety following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Since then, many communities have begun discussing ways to improve school safety.

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Education
9:26 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Kentucky's School Safety Subcommittee Meets This Afternoon

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Kentucky’s House Subcommittee on School Safety will listen to testimony from officials Friday afternoon for the second time since its creation.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo created the special temporary subcommittee to address school safety following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. 

Last week the panel heard from educators, law enforcement and officials with the Kentucky Center for School Safety.

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Education
9:47 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Gifted and Talented Children Conference Coming to Louisville

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The 20th biennial international conference of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children is coming to the Galt House this summer.

Louisville will join host cities such as Barcelona, Spain; Sydney, Australia; Istanbul, Turkey; and Prague, Czech Republic, according to The Lane Report

The program is being held Aug. 10-14 and will celebrate "Giftedness and Creativity."

From The Lane Report:

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