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
10:08 am
Thu September 20, 2012

KY Supreme Court Rules In Favor of JCPS Student Assignment Plan

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The Kentucky Supreme Court has reversed the lower court’s ruling, which would have allowed Jefferson County Public Schools students to attend the school closest to their homes.

"We conclude that Kentucky public school students have no statutory right to attend a particular school," the opinion written by Lisabeth Hughes Abramson  said.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled last fall that students did have the right to attend the same school where they enrolled.

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Education
4:00 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

WFPL News Special: Left Behind, Dropping Out at 1 pm

Every year, more than a million kids drop out of school. Without a diploma, they will have a tough time succeeding.

But the problem starts much earlier than high school. This hour, we'll ask the big questions: Why are students dropping out? What's the cost? And, what works to keep them in school and graduate?

Education
12:55 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Case Against JCPS District 7 Candidate Dismissed

A retired Jefferson County Public Schools administrator will be allowed to stay in the school board race this fall, after a judge dismissed a case filed by two local teachers.

As reported by the Courier-Journal's Antoinette Konz, the teachers alleged that District 7 candidate Marty Bell solicited JCPS staff for support, which is against state law.

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Education
12:33 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Greater Clark Schools Considers Eliminating Positions Through Attrition

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Officials with Greater Clark County Schools will study the benefits of reducing staff and other ways to increase revenue over the next few months.

Superintendent Andrew Melin told the school board Tuesday night that the district will be nearly $2.5 million short next year.

Staff salaries and benefits make up nearly 92 percent of the district’s general fund, he said, and district leaders will spend the next three to six months studying which jobs might be eliminated to save money.

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Education
11:48 am
Wed September 19, 2012

JCPS District 2 Candidates Debate, Discuss Visions

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  • Full audio of WFPL's District 2 debates.

The four candidates vying for Jefferson County Public Schools' District 2 seat will give residents a wide range of opinions to choose from this fall.

In a debate hosted by WFPL Tuesday night, the candidates discussed their visions for the district and ways they would better student achievement. Two of the four--Phil Haming and George Tolhurst--felt strongly that reverting back to neighborhood schools could help the district accomplish this.

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Local News
9:30 am
Mon September 17, 2012

First Landmarks Designation Hearing Since Changes

The Olmsted Parks Conservancy argues Hogan's Fountain Pavilion doesn't fit the original Olmsted vision.

Louisville’s Landmarks Commission will hold its first designation hearing next week since the city changed the law regulating its landmarks process last month.

The application, petition and fee have been submitted to list Cherokee Park's Hogan's Fountain Pavilion as a new landmark, but not everyone is on board.

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Local News
9:00 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Another Closed Boys and Girls Club Reopens

After closing its doors last year, the Parkland Boys and Girls Club will hold its grand reopening Monday.

Parkland and three other local Boys and Girls Clubs operated by the Salvation Army were closed last year due to financial cuts. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana, which also operates clubs in the area, reopened the closed Newberg club earlier this year and at the time president Jennifer Helgeson said the organization would also try to reopen the Parkland club.

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Environment
2:08 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Louisville Uses Partnership to Increase Tree Canopy

A 2011 report says Louisville's tree canopy is around 27 percent.
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A regional waste management company has partnered with Louisville Metro Government to help increase the city’s tree canopy over the next decade.

Ecotech will work with Louisville’s Tree Advisory Commission, which was formed by Mayor Greg Fischer last year to help maintain and add to the city’s tree canopy.

Fischer helped plant the first three trees Friday and over the next 10 years, Ecotech has committed to donating 1,000 trees through its 10,000 Trees Partnership.

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Education
4:16 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

WFPL to Hold JCPS School Board Debates

The ballots for the school board races this fall are set and Jefferson County Public Schools has one of the largest candidate pools in recent history.

A total of 15 candidates are vying for three school board seats (districts 2, 4, and 7) and many say bettering student performance is a top priority, but how that's accomplished can be argued.

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Politics
12:36 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

AARP, Centre College Offering Non-Partisan Discussions Leading to VP Debate

The AARP has announced its sponsorship of the 2012 Vice Presidential Debate Festival at Centre College in Danville next month. 

AARP will offer three discussions over the next month leading up to the Oct. 11 debate.  They’ll focus on Medicare, financial security and Social Security, which are considered key issues to AARP and are featured in Voter Guides released by the organization.

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