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
5:17 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

JCPS Says 67 'School of Innovation' Commitment Letters Received

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Jefferson County Public Schools has received 67 letters of intent to design the first ever School of Innovation.

When JCPS announced its School of Innovation Design Competition last month officials  told the public to think big.  They said any individual or group could submit an  idea, which will be due at the end of January.

The proposals can include suggestions on new ways to educate. City innovation director Ted Smith says the ideas should "make us gasp."

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Education
2:51 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Kentucky School Tax Revenue Varies Widely Between Rich And Poor Districts

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A non-partisan economic policy group has released a report showing large gaps in per-student funding among school districts that approved tax increases this year.

Around half of Kentucky school boards approved the maximum 4 percent property tax increase to help fund public schools.

That's partly because the state hasn’t raised per-pupil funding for a number of years. 

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Local News
12:00 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Housing Coalition Says Louisville Should Change Zoning Laws

Officials with the Metropolitan Housing Coalition say lawmakers should consider changing zoning laws to embrace new residential patterns that have emerged, which could consequently have a positive impact on public education outcomes. 

It can be controversial to change zoning laws, says MHC executive director Cathy Hinko.

“You own property, you’re kind of afraid of change, rightfully so. You want to be convinced that it’s the logical thing to do, it’s in the best interest of you, your family, your community," she says.

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Education
11:35 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

JCPS Approves Frost Middle School Redesign Despite Air Quality Concerns

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The Jefferson County school board approved school redesigns in the southwest, which aim to attract more students living in the area that are leaving for better options. But board member Chris Brady says students may now be exposed longer to air that doesn't meet quality standards. 

“Would you want your children or your grandchildren to go to Frost. The answer for me is simply no. In my view this proposal puts our children at increased risk and should be denied,” he says.

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Education
9:44 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Group Opposes Piloting First JCPS Cadet Middle School Program

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The Jefferson County Board of Education will consider funding the district’s first middle school cadet academy program Monday night, but some question whether the program would benefit students at the school.

Myers Middle School would pilot the cadet academy program next year and after review could eventually become an official magnet program, according to the proposal. The school would also act as preparatory program for students who want to participate in the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) program in high school. 

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Education
7:00 am
Sun December 8, 2013

Survey: Kentuckians 'Undecided' On Charter Schools, but Favor Charter-Like Features

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More than half of Kentuckians contacted for a new survey released this week say they’re undecided on whether the state’s public education system would improve with charter schools.

But a majority of the 501 voting households surveyed support more school options and certain characteristics that set charter schools apart from traditional public schools.

“It cuts across all regions and party lines in the state,” says Joe Burgan, spokesman for the Kentucky Charter School Association—the group that commissioned the survey conducted by Glover Park Group.

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Education
1:13 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

JCPS Has Received 15 Commitment Letters From 'School of Innovation' Designers So Far

School of the future according to the hit show The Jetsons.
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Officials say they’ve received 15 letters of intent so far from groups or individuals who want to design the next Jefferson County public school.

The district announced its School of Innovation Design Competition last month, which allows anyone to submit ideas that JCPS staff could potentially help become a reality.

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Education
9:53 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Kentucky Education Commissioner on Funding: 'We Will See Pink Slips Like We’ve Never Seen Before'

 

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says teachers could faces layoffs and school districts could fail financially if education funding is not restored.

Holliday has pushed lawmakers to restore per-pupil funding levels to pre-recession levels. That request is more than $250 million dollars for the two-year budget that lawmakers will set when they return next year.

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Education
10:00 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Education Grawemeyer Winner Diane Ravitch: 'There’s a Tsunami of Change, Not All of It’s Good'

Diane Ravitch is the 2014 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award winner in education.

If you’re into education and you've heard the name Diane Ravitch you may either shudder or nod approvingly.

Ravitch was once a strong supporter of standardized testing and charter schools, but has more recently become a leading voice against many trendy reforms that are now ingrained in U.S. public education.

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Education
4:41 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Ali Center Offers Free Screening Of 'Girl Rising'

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"Educating girls will change the world." That’s the message of a film to be screened at the Muhammad Ali Center Thursday.

“Girl Rising” features stories from girls around the world who struggle to compete in countries that oppress their education.

Ingrid Johnson helped bring the film to Louisville. She says the United States doesn’t experience the same problems as other countries, but the film can be used to inspire participation in the community.

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