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
1:41 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

JCPS Community Relations Committee Half Full

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Jefferson County Public Schools is extending communication with the public through a new committee created by Superintendent Donna Hargens. 

“[It’s] really a way to include more voices and to also include people who are key communicators who will leave this meeting and be able to respond to others who ask them questions,” said board member Linda Duncan.

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Education
1:30 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

U of L Relocating 270 Freshmen From Miller Hall

Officials say 270 freshmen will be relocated from Miller Hall after mold spores were found.

The University of Louisville will move 270 freshmen from its Miller Hall dorms following the discovery of visible mold spores in 80 percent of the rooms.

Officials are baffled by the finding and more facility closures are possible.

The decision to close Miller Hall came Wednesday morning after several mold spores were found over the fall break which began Oct. 5, said Phillip Bressoud, U of L’s director of student health.

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Education
11:47 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Political Spending Begins for JCPS School Board Election

With less than a month until the elections, the Jefferson County Teachers Association’s political action committee (PAC) has begun spending money on the three candidates it has endorsed.

The JCTA has historically been the largest financial supporter of candidates in past elections, spending around $1 million in the last three elections, and for the first time a separate PAC called the Bluegrass Fund was created.

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Education
5:04 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

New iHub Space Encourages Local Entrepreneur Collaboration

iHub is located at 204 S. Floyd Street in downtown Louisville.

The University of Louisville Foundation has opened a downtown work-space  called "iHub" for local entrepreneurs and innovators working on a tight budget.

Local and state officials celebrated the opening of the new downtown iHub Tuesday.

It’s a 2,200 square foot building offering young start-up companies or businesses a spot for $80 a month. The idea is to give entrepreneurs a space where they can conduct business and also collaborate, said Mayor Greg Fischer.

This, he said, is important in the early phases of starting a business.

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Education
12:08 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Restraint, Seclusion Policy Approved by Education Board

The Kentucky Board of Education has approved a new restraint policy this week, which several educators argue is too vague.

The new regulations would only allow teachers to physically restrain or seclude misbehaving students when they pose an immediate threat or physical harm.

Several superintendents spoke at a public hearing last month against the policy. They argued teachers dealing with misbehaving students often need to make quick decisions, and the consequences aren’t spelled out in the policy.

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Education
4:02 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Louisville Private Schools Borrow Public Schools Initiative

Kentucky was among the first states to adopt the common core standards.
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Certain private schools in the Louisville region are taking a page from the public school system by implementing portions of the common core state standards.

Kentucky was among the first states to adopt and implement the new standards unifying what students are expected to learn, which is why all but four states have conformed.

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Education
1:49 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Former Union Leaders Support Bell for District 7 School Board Race

Five candidates are vying for the JCPS District 7 race.

A group of former Jefferson County Teacher’s Association presidents are prepared to support Marty Bell for the District 7 school board race, even though the JCTA has endorsed one of his competitors.

Bell, a former Jefferson County Public Schools administrator and former JCTA executive director, is one of five candidates vying to replace outgoing board member Larry Hujo.

He was the only candidate not considered for endorsement by the teacher’s union as a whole, he said.

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Education
9:00 am
Mon October 8, 2012

KY Education Department Might Release Accountability Results in November

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Officials with the Kentucky Department of Education say they’re taking extra precautions before releasing data from the new accountability system and the public may have to wait until November to see results.

“We want to make sure that data’s clean. It’s a like a row of dominos. If one doesn’t fall the correct way then all the other ones are affected,” said KDE spokeswoman Lisa Gross.

Kentucky implemented its new accountability system last year. In includes new college-and-career ready standards and common core standards that unify what students are expected to learn.

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Education
8:30 am
Mon October 8, 2012

HealthTeacher Program Supported In JCPS Classrooms

HealthTeacher helps integrate healthy activities in curriculum.

A new health resource should be available in all 155 Jefferson County Public Schools by the end of the year.

The program HealthTeacher concentrates on improving healthy outcomes for students, and also provides resources that extend beyond the classroom.

“We think it helps both advance the core standards but also introduce the health and wellness curriculum throughout JCPS,” said Lynnie Meyer, executive director of the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

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Local News
3:00 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Fair Board Approves Las Vegas Executive to CEO

Chairman Ron Carmicle says Rippetoe will likely start the first of the year.

The Kentucky State Fair Board unanimously approved a Las Vegas executive to replace outgoing CEO and president Harold Workman.

After meeting with two finalists this morning, a search committee recommended Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe to replace Workman, who has led the fair board since 1993.

“I think he was aware of the challenges. I think he had done his homework. I think he had done his research. I think he knows what our strengths are, what our opportunities are, but also understands the financial challenges that we’re dealing with," said board chair Ron Carmicle.

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