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
4:16 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Kentucky's Districts of Innovation Process Announced Friday

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Despite failing to pass charter school legislation in the Kentucky General Assembly this year, education officials will announce details of the compromise Districts of Innovation bill this Friday.

The new regulations will allow local districts flexibility from some state laws controlling how students are educated if certain goals are met, mainly for low-achieving students.

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Education
1:52 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Incumbents Run in Most Kentucky School Board Races

This year, 477 school board seats are up for election statewide, according to the Kentucky School Board Association.

Board members are elected on a nonpartisan ballot in even-numbered years and they serve four year terms, which are staggered so no more than three members of a local board expire at the same time, according to state law. A total of 865 school board seats exist.

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Education
12:48 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Bluegrass Fund Begins Spending in JCPS District 4 Board Race

The Bluegrass Fund has at least sent mailers showing its support for Chuck Haddaway in District 4.

The political action committee created to support school board candidates separate from the Jefferson County Teachers Association is showing signs of spending through mailers, just two weeks before the election. 

The Bluegrass Fund was created this year to campaign for candidates separate from those backed by the teachers union’s PAC called Better Schools Kentucky. It’s the only significant financial competitor the union has seen in the past decade.

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Education
12:53 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Education Department Releasing New Accountability Data Nov. 2

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The Kentucky Department of Education will release data under the state's new accountability model--Unbridled Learning--on Nov. 2.

The data will show test scores and other information since implementing new college-and-career standards last school year. Jefferson County Public Schools, KDE and city officials have all warned that the results could be shocking to the community because the bar for student achievement is being raised.

Under the Unbridled Learning model the following five areas will be the primary measurements:

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Local News
11:58 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Investor Group Makes $120 Million Kentucky Kingdom Bid Public

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A group of four local investors led by businessman Ed Hart says it will invest $50 million without a state guarantee to reopen the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park.

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Local News
9:30 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Cyber Knife Debuts Wednesday at James Graham Brown Cancer Center

The James Graham Brown Cancer Center will begin using a new tool this week to treat certain cancer patients.

The Cyber Knife is a $6 million investment that targets tumors throughout the body with noninvasive radiation treatment. Nine treatments are scheduled this week and officials hope to treat over 300 annually.

“It’s very innovative. It uses a Kuka robot which is the robot that makes BMW cars,” said Christy Stone, the center’s Cyber Knife administrator.

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Education
9:00 am
Mon October 22, 2012

JCPS Middle and High School Showcase Starts Friday

Jefferson County Public Schools will host its annual middle and high school showcase at the end of this week and families can begin applying for schools the following Monday. 

The showcase gives families a chance to visit with schools where they’re eligible to apply and to meet school staff and ask questions.

The elementary school showcase has been moved up to Nov. 17 in an effort to prepare the district and families for student assignment changes taking effect next year.

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Education
2:51 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

District 2 School Board Candidate Jones Jr. Responds to Conflicts of Interest Claims

JCPS Candidate David Jones Jr. has been on Humana's board since 1993 and also founded Chrysalis Ventures.

Jefferson County Board of Education District 2 candidate David Jones Jr. says his opponent’s complaints that invalidate his candidacy are misleading.

A complaint was filed this week by candidate Phil Haming asking the Office of Education Accountability to investigate a possible conflict of interest with Jones’ candidacy.

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Education
11:31 am
Fri October 19, 2012

JCPS Board Candidate and Jeffersonville Principal Put On Paid Leave

A Greater Clark County Schools principal who is also running for Jefferson County’s school board has been placed on administrative leave.

An email was sent to the media Thursday evening (below) saying James Sexton was not in the office but that no disciplinary action had been taken against him. The school district has not explained why he was put on leave.

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Education
6:53 am
Fri October 19, 2012

UNIQUE: A Ride With Retiring JCPS Bus Driver, Terri Evans

As part of our occasional series Unique, we're taking in-depth looks at the stories of students, families and faculty in Jefferson County Public Schools this schools year.

Today, we're visiting with a veteran bus driver Terri Evans who is just weeks away from retirement.

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