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
12:03 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

WFPL's District 4 School Board Debates Focus on Student Achievement

  • Full audio of WFPL's District 4 debates.

WFPL held its second Jefferson County Board of Education debate this week, featuring three of the five candidates vying for the open District 4 seat.

Candidates Eric Bullock, Chuck Haddaway and Lloyd "Chip" White discussed what student achievement means to them, and how the school board might develop the strongest structures to assure student achievement for all JCPS students.

Candidates Melissa "Missy" Smith and Chester Flake were unable to attend.

Stephen "Steve" Ryan withdrew from the race this week.

Education
1:57 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

JCPS District 4 Debate Tonight, Ryan Withdraws From Race

WFPL is hosting a debate tonight for candidates vying for Jefferson County Board of Education's District 4 seat.

There are five candidates competing to replace retiring board member Joe Hardesty, who oversaw the southwestern Jefferson County region for the past 20 years.

Stephen "Steve" Ryan announced his withdraw from the race Monday evening, leaving Lloyd "Chip" White, Chuck Haddaway, Melissa "Missy" Smith, Chester Flake and Eric Bullock in the race.

Education
1:30 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Officials Shadow Higher Education Partnership, Discuss Innovation

Superintendent Donna Hargens greets students as they leave the gym.

A unique program that partners University of Louisville student-teachers with a Jefferson County Public Schools classroom may soon see preliminary results for the past five years’ work.

That was the focus of a day-long event Tuesday where nearly 50 educators were invited to discuss innovation in education at Atkinson Academy elementary school in Louisville's Portland neighborhood.

Education commissioner Terry Holliday, JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens and Mayor Greg Fischer were among those appearing at Atkinson Tuesday morning. 

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Local News
11:17 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Louisville's Job, Wage Growth Lag Behind Peers

Louisville still ranks lower than its peers in offering competitive wages, despite excelling in the number of degrees for young professionals.

On Tuesday, the Greater Louisville Project released its new Competitive City Report, which compares 15 cities in education and economic factors.

Louisville leads the pack in four-year college attainment rates for 25 to 34 year-olds the past decade, but it’s second to last for wage growth the past 20 years at 18 percent. Raleigh, North Carolina ranked the highest at 49 percent. 

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Local News
1:45 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

White House Recognizes Louisville's Chief of Innovation

Louisville’s Chief of Innovation and Economic Growth will be honored at the White House Tuesday as of Champion of Change.

President Barack Obama’s Champions program honors community members doing extraordinary things. Nominees are invited to the White House to share their ideas for improving the future.

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Local News
12:12 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Burma's Suu Kyi Asks Louisville Crowd for Support

Nobel Peace Price winner and democratic activist Aung San Suu Kyi  says support from the United States must continue to encourage  democratic reforms in Burma, also known as Myanmar.

Suu Kyi addressed a crowd at the University of Louisville Monday morning as part of the school’s McConnell Center lecture series.

She’s on a two-week U.S. visit that’s both a celebration of her recent election to the Burmese parliament, and a political trip to ask for continued support of her country’s democratic reforms.

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Education
8:00 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Kentucky Schools Restraint Policy Hears Comments

The Kentucky Board of Education will hear public opinion this week on a recently approved policy that is meant to improve the state’s restraint and seclusion rules for misbehaving students. 

Some Kentucky school superintendents say the new regulations are still too vague.

Earlier this year the board of education approved changes based off recommendations made by a task force including non-profit organizations, like Kentucky Center for School Safety, and some parents. 

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Local News
7:00 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi Speaks to Louisville

Nobel Peace Prize winner and pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi will speak at the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center Monday morning.

Suu Kyi is in the middle of a two-week U.S. visit, where she’s been trying to reassure supporters and skeptics that the reforms in Burma--also known as Myanmar--are genuine. 

She has already received the Congressional Gold Medal and has met with President Barack Obama.

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Education
2:08 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Education Department Preps Media, Parents On New Standards

File photo

The Kentucky Department of Education is preparing the media this week for its new accountability data expected to be released next month.

The new system is meant to simplify accountability by using five main data sets to provide each district and school a score.

The data includes some the state was already using like achievement gaps, graduation rates and state test scores, but it will also include growth and new college-and-career ready standards.

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Education
12:07 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

U.S. Education Officials Visit Kentucky on Bus Tour

Official Department of Education photo by Joshua Hoover

U.S. Department of Education officials are in Fayette County Thursday as part of a national back-to-school bus tour called "Education Drives America."

Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller is visiting Picadome Elementary School to discuss ways to improve foreign language learning in schools.

In Fayette County around 60 percent of their public schools offer some kind of foreign language program, said Thomas Sauer, Fayette County Public Schools world language specialist.

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