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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Local News
5:46 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday Says More State Oversight for 'Priority' Schools is Possible

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The Kentucky Department of Education is changing the way it assesses the state’s lowest performing schools and Commissioner Terry Holliday says some may be subject to more state oversight soon.

The school board’s Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Committee heard testimony Wednesday from KDE officials who are rewriting current regulations that manage the way the state assesses its 41 priority schools, formerly known as persistently low achieving (PLA) schools.

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Local News
12:54 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Southern Indiana Anti-Toll Group Could Delay Filing Suit, Jeffersonville Adds to Fund

The Bridges Project includes building another I-65 bridge and tolling both.

A southern Indiana group raising money to challenge downtown tolling included in the Ohio River Bridges Project may delay filing a lawsuit this month against the federal government’s record of decision earlier this year.

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Education
11:01 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Centre College Makes U.S. News List for "Most Loved Schools"

Schools that receive funding from the largest percentage of alumni, based on a two-year average.
Credit USnews.com

A report released this week by the U.S. News Short List include Centre College in the top 10 colleges with the highest percentage of college graduates that financially support their alma maters.

Centre College is seventh on the list that is “dominated by National Liberal Arts Colleges,” which emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in the liberal arts fields of study, according to U.S. News.

From the U.S. News post:

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Local News
12:10 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Ky Calls On Test Takers: GED Costs to Increase, Exam to Change

The Louisville Free Public Library offers GED services.

Thousands of Kentuckians have until the end of 2013 to complete their GEDs before the cost increases and the test is updated.

It’s been a decade since the GED Testing Service has changed the exam, which is equivalent to earning a high school diploma. In that time, nearly 16,000 Kentuckians have taken but not completed all five parts the test requires.

In Jefferson County, an estimated 2,000 residents have not completed the GED test, according to the Council on Post Secondary Education.

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Local News
5:32 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

J. Bruce Miller Calls NBA Report Misleading and Challenges Its Accuracy

J. Bruce Miller has fought for an NBA team for several years.

A local attorney who has spent over three decades advocating for an NBA team in Louisville is  dismissing a report that says the long-term benefits of a professional basketball team won’t suit Louisville.

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Education
12:44 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

JCPS to Mail Individual Student Accountability Data This Week

Third Grade Math Problem Solving: The following sample items are offered to show educators the format and appearance of the test content students will see in test booklets in 2012 for the norm-referenced portion of the Kentucky State Assessment.
Kentucky Department of Education website

Many Jefferson County Public Schools families will be mailed their child’s test results under the state’s new Unbridled Learning accountability model later this week.

Officials are reminding parents under the new system their student’s achievement indicators may be lower than before, but the report will paint a more comprehensive picture of how prepared a student is for college or career.

Click here to see school and district level report cards.

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Local News
9:00 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Test-Takers Wanted: GED Costs to Increase, Exam to Change

The Louisville Free Public Library offers GED services.

Thousands of Kentuckians have until the end of 2013 to complete their GEDs before the cost increases and the test is updated.

It’s been a decade since the GED Testing Service has changed the exam, which is equivalent to earning a high school diploma. In that time, nearly 16,000 Kentuckians have taken but not completed all five parts the test requires.

In Jefferson County, an estimated 2,000 residents have not completed the GED test, according to the Council on Post Secondary Education.

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Education
1:14 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

JCPS Participates in Financial Aid Program to Increase FAFSA Completions

In Kentucky, the state's financial aid runs out early.

As College Application Week wraps up, the next step for many students will be to fill out and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

This year, Jefferson County Public Schools is part of nearly 80 districts nationwide, which are piloting a U.S. Department of Education and Federal Student Aid office initiative to assist students in FAFSA completion.

Around 70 percent of JCPS seniors complete a FAFSA each year, but some applications are found deficient, according to JCPS officials.

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Local News
11:44 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Report: Vacant Housing Unequally Plagues West End

The 2012 State of Metropolitan Housing Report has been released, showing many issues—like subsidized housing in the West End—are still persistent in Louisville.

“We no longer can hide behind the skirts of an economic crisis. We see long term trends,” said Cathy Hinko, director Metropolitan Housing Coalition, which authored the report.

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Education
9:16 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Louisville Doesn't Do Good Enough Job Tracking Vacant Properties, Report Says

Residents and volunteers spent three months in Smoketown mapping neighborhood data.

The Metropolitan Housing Coalition will release its annual housing report Thursday, the same day Network Center for Community Change—or NC3—will hold a public meeting in Smoketown, addressing a key criticism of vacant property highlighted in the report.

For the past few months, residents and NC3 volunteers have been walking the Smoketown neighborhood and taking notes on vacant properties. The group similarly mapped the Shawnee neighborhood earlier this year.

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