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
7:14 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Where JCPS Board Candidates Stand on Key Issues

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  • Full audio of WFPL's District 2 debates.

Jefferson County Public Schools is facing several issues that school board members will have to tackle in coming years, from the student assignment plan to improving student achievement. With some incumbents choosing not to seek re-election, the JCPS board will have new faces. Here's a look at where those potential new board members stand on key issues

Click here to listen to full audio from WFPL's District 2 debate.

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Education
4:38 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

U of L Nursing, Dentistry Schools Receive $1 Million to Collaborate

The University of Louisville has received a $1 million federal grant to increase collaboration between its nursing and dental schools.

The schools will integrate best practices and help students better identify and treat systemic diseases, which can be linked to oral health, said Dr. Marcia Hern, U of L’s dean of nursing.

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Local News
4:20 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Louisville Tries Extending "Successful" Homeless Prevention Program

Louisville Metro Government is trying to extend the success of a three-year federally funded homeless prevention program that recently ended.

The city received nearly $5 million in 2009 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to implement its Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program.

"We couldn't be more pleased with the successful outcome and the professional conduct and management of this by the Louisville Metro staff," said Roger Leonard with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which oversaw the grant process.

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Education
10:38 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Kentucky Continues Allowing "Readers" for Learning Challenged Students

A Kentucky educational review subcommittee has killed a regulatory change that would have removed readers from helping certain students with disabilities and English language learners on reading comprehension tests.

The new regulation would have brought the state in line with a majority of its peers, but the Education Assessment and Accountability Review Subcommittee found the changes deficient, despite the Kentucky Board of Education’s approval earlier this year.

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Education
9:38 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Kentucky Schools, Districts Anticipate New Accountability Measures

The Kentucky Department of Education will release the long-anticipated results Friday of its new accountability system, which is the commonwealth's largest educational reforms in the last two decades.

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Education
8:39 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Two Groups Supporting Separate School Board Candidates

Leading up to the Nov. 6 election, two political action committees (PAC) are supporting two separate Jefferson County Board of Education candidates. 

The Bluegrass Fund--formed this year to offer support to alternative candidates from those backed by the teachers union’s Better Schools Kentucky PAC--recently announced its endorsement for District 4 candidate Chuck Haddaway, and in a new radio ad airing this week is also supporting District 7 candidate Jonathan Robertson.

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Education
11:53 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Thousands Expected to Attend JCPS Annual Middle and High School Showcase

Jefferson County Public Schools is hosting its annual middle and high school showcase Friday and Saturday.

"When they get here they can expect to see a principal, they can expect to see counselors, and even students. They can talk to them about the program that exists at their particular school," said Bernadette Hamilton who has overseen the district's showcases for the last 20 years. 

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Education
10:33 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Jeffersonville Principal James Sexton "Disappointed" By Reassignment

James Sexton has been reassigned to Greater Clark Middle/High School.

The morning after being reassigned to a different school, outgoing Jeffersonville High School Principal James Sexton said "management styles" clashed with the Greater Clark schools superintendent.

“The superintendent and my management style no not agree, so he’s in charge,” Sexton said when reached Friday morning.

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Education
8:09 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Jeffersonville Principal, JCPS Board Candidate Reassigned After Paid Leave

Jeffersonville High School principal James Sexton has been assigned to lead Clark County Middle/High School after being put on paid administrative leave last week for reasons that were never publicly disclosed.

Sexton is also running for Jefferson County Board of Education's District 7 seat.

Greater Clark County Schools released the following statement Thursday night:

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Local News
1:09 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Louisville Violence Prevention Work Group Makes Recommendations

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Louisville should hire a full-time violence prevention coordinator, do more to address vacant houses and foster more economic development in west Louisville, according to a report commissioned by Mayor Greg Fischer to find ways to address violence in Louisville.

“This is not a mayor’s office program, this is not a police department program, this is not a parenting program. It takes all of us," said Fischer.

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