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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Local News
3:45 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Louisville Named Host to American Bus Association Showcase

Louisville has been selected to host the American Bus Association’s 2016 Marketplace showcase.

Louisville will host the American Bus Association’s Marketplace event in 2016. The annual event brings in around 3,000 visitors for the January showcase and officials say the economic impact of the convention will be around $4.4 million.

But they further say there is also the potential for further business after showing off Louisville to tour operators.

Education
9:17 am
Mon October 1, 2012

JCPS Students Increase AP Test Taking, Results Mixed

Jefferson County Public Schools students continue challenging themselves with Advanced Placement (AP) classes, but the results of their exams are mixed.

Over the past decade the number of JCPS students taking at least one AP exam has slowly increased as well as the total number of exams taken. The state released its AP test data last week, which showed similar gains in both areas.

But the results, which could earn students college credit, decreased in JCPS. Still, around half the tests taken earned college credit, which is on par with the state’s results.

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Education
9:10 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Louisville's Low Income Home Energy Program Accepting Early Registration

Jefferson County’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, LIHEAP, is now accepting early registration for elderly and disabled residents facing utility cutoffs.

Officials expect a turnout similar to last year when around 3,700 people pre-registered for the program. 

The federally funded program LIHEAP has been around for years. It provides a one-time payment to low-income applicants, which is used to pay for utilities.

In all, more than 10,000 residents received between $34 to $150 last year.

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Education
1:29 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

55,000 Degrees Seeks Help From Tech Innovation

Data from the 2011 report shows Louisville is slightly behind its goal for 2020.

Louisville’s 55,000 Degrees initiative is asking technology entrepreneurs to participate in a competition to increase the number of college degrees in the community.

The Gheens Foundation is putting up $20,000 for the best idea that will accelerate or motivate higher education attainment.

The city is not on track to meet its goal of 55,000 bachelors and associates degrees by 2020, but the city has increased its efforts and other programs to meet its 10 year goal.

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Education
10:01 am
Fri September 28, 2012

JCPS Bus Accident Sends 51 to Area Hospitals

Updated at 12:20

Officials with JCPS now say 51 students have been taken to five area hospitals as precaution following an early morning accident where a car struck a school bus headed to Frost Middle School.

JCPS Chief Operation Officer Mike Raiser told WFPL once the district learned from EMS which hospitals the students were being brought to, a response team of five to ten staff members was sent to those locations.

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Local News
2:13 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Family Scholar House Growing in Louisville, Region

Ground was broken Thursday on the fourth Family Scholar House in Louisville that will serve a large waiting list of 642 single-parent families seeking help toward earning a college degree.

The 19th Century Parkland School is being renovated to serve 48 more local families when it opens next year.

President Cathe Dykstra said for the hundreds of families not in the residential program, the Family Scholar House offers other services to keep families on track to complete their degree.

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Education
1:00 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

AP Tests Continue to Rise in Kentucky

The number of Kentucky public high school students taking Advanced Placement tests and scoring at higher levels continues to rise.

AP classes give students a chance to earn college credit while still in high school.

In 2008, Kentucky increased its efforts to make AP classes and exams more accessible to students. Today, the Kentucky Department of Education continues funding and encouraging students to push themselves and the most recent AP numbers reflect this.

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Local News
3:33 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Gov. Beshear Names Members of Child Abuse Review Panel

Gov. Beshear signed an executive order this year to create the 17-member child fatality review panel.
Kentucky Governor's Office

Gov. Steve Beshear has named the 17 members of the state’s new Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel, which is comprised of a wide range of professionals.

The panel will act independently from the state, although for administrative purposes it’s placed in the Justice Cabinet.

Its job will be to review certain child abuse cases on a quarterly basis to make sure the state government is complying with its policies.

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Politics
3:19 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

NAACP Ramps Up Voter Registration, Education Campaign

Louisville’s NAACP branch and other local organizations have announced an aggressive campaign to register voters before this fall’s election.

Over the next couple of weeks Louisville’s NAACP, the Louisville Urban League and churches will visit supermarkets, drug stores and high schools to reach unregistered voters. 

Local NAACP President Raoul Cunningham says some local elections are just as important to their constituents as the presidential race.

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Education
2:08 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Ky Education Board Hears Opposition to Restraint Policy

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons user Hidrafil

The Kentucky Board of Education and Commissioner Terry Holliday are reviewing public comments given this week on changes to the state’s restraint and seclusion policy for misbehaving students.

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