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
4:36 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

ACT Scores Show Half of KY Graduates Meet Benchmarks

The chart shows trends in Kentucky public high school juniors' ACT test scores the past five years.

The Kentucky Department of Education has released the latest ACT scores for graduating public high school students, which show slight improvements over the previous year.

But only half of students meet the state’s standards for college readiness. 

Kentucky's graduating seniors went from 19.2 to 19.5, which is still short of the national average. However, the national average includes private school results as well.

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Education
8:00 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

JCPS First Day Commutes Improve

All Jefferson County Public Schools buses were cleared from the last bus depot at 6:38 Tuesday evening, ending the first day of school.

That beats last year time, when the final students were reportedly delivered home after 7:20 pm. The morning commute was also slightly better than last year, according to a JCPS spokesman.

Over 950 JCPS buses carry some 70,000 students throughout the county on any given school day. 

Education
6:00 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

UNIQUE: A Visit With JCPS Student and Mother Hannah Watkins

As part of our new series UNIQUE, we’re spending the next year finding the stories of students, teachers and families that make up our local public education system.

Today we visit with 17-year-old Hannah Watkins, a student at South Park TAPP, one of the district’s two schools serving teen mothers and mothers-to-be.

Watkins plans on graduating this year after spending the last two years in the program. She shares her experiences and gives us her perspective of a much needed program.

Education
8:04 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

JCPS Students, Teachers and Parents Connect Through Technology

Pat Macnamara is the media specialist at Chancey Elementary.

Jefferson County Public Schools students will begin the year this week with 1,770 iPads in over a dozen different schools. 

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Education
4:33 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

JCPS Board Will Soon Consider Tax Increase

The Jefferson County Board of Education will soon consider its largest tax increase in the past four years, as district leaders say the hike is needed to offset a lack of state and federal funding.

Last year, Superintendent Donna Hargens and the JCPS board said the district would only raise taxes a fraction of a penny. The taxes are based on property values, and the increase meant homeowners would pay $1 more for a home assessed at $100,000.

The more than 3 percent increase being proposed now would add over $20 more to the same tax bill.

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Education
7:41 am
Mon August 20, 2012

GPS Could Make Transportation in JCPS More Efficient

Nearly 70,000 Jefferson County Public Schools students are taking the bus Tuesday for the first day of school, adding over 900 buses to the roads.

District officials expect some bus delays in the first week while drivers and parents figure out where students need to go after school, but they hope the new GPS-enabled buses will make transportation in the district more efficient. 

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Local News
12:38 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Training Targets Youth Suicide

Several local counselors, nurses and mental health professionals are finishing training in youth suicide prevention this week.

The request for the week-long training came from the Jefferson County Board of Education, said Gage Donohue, chair of Louisville’s Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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Education
3:47 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

JCPS Superintendent Hargens Stays Positive About Low Grad Rates

Superintendent Donna Hargens address the Courier-Journal Thursday.

Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens says she’ll use the recently announced decrease in JCPS graduation rates as a catalyst for increasing student achievement.

Hargens made her comments during an interview Thursday with the Courier-Journal

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Local News
1:23 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Kentucky Kingdom Investors: "We Do Not Have The Luxury of Time"

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The Kentucky State Fair Board has released a request for proposals to operate the former Kentucky Kingdom amusement park.

This comes a day after a group of developers called the Kentucky Kingdom Redevelopment Company announced a $40 million plan to re-open the park by 2014.

The proposal provides $10 million from four private investors, including local businessman Ed Hart, and $30 million in bank financing, which would need to be guaranteed by the state.

Other members of the group include Ed Glasscock, Bruce Lunsford, and Mary Moseley.

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Education
7:37 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Online Programs Hope To Increase Student Achievement, Summer Data Promising

The Jefferson County Public Schools "Every 1 Learns" initiative includes community partners to extend learning beyond the classroom.

Summer is ending for students in Louisville and, according to reports, students return to class in the fall one month behind where they left off in the spring. The loss is even greater for low-income students.

To combat summer learning loss, JCPS has invested in two online programs previously offered only to low-performing students.

The programs will now be used to boost learning during the school year.

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