Devin Katayama

Midday Host/Education Reporter

Devin Katayama is an award-winning journalist who hosts the midday for WFPL Louisville Public Media. He's also the station's education reporter.

Devin earned his M.A. in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago where he was a Follet Fellow. While in Chicago, he won the Studs Terkel Community Media Workshop Scholarship award for his stories on street youth. 

Devin previously worked with WBEZ Chicago Public Media’s Worldview program and with Northern California KQED’s The California Report. He earned his B.A. in English Creative Writing at CUNY Hunter College in New York City. 

For more of his work, check out audiocollected.org.

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Education
11:16 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Measuring Student Achievement in Superintendent Evaluation Could Be a Challenge

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons user Hidrafil

The Jefferson County Board of Education has approved the performance objectives for Superintendent Donna Hargens’s evaluation, but measuring student performance may still be a challenge.

The board approved the criteria at Monday night's board meeting. It measures three major performance objectives, including implementation of the new strategic plan, continuation assessing and organizing management and improving student achievement.

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Education
12:54 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Ky Lawmaker Considers Holding Back 3rd Graders Who Can't Read

Children Not Graduating from High School by Age 19, by Poverty Experience and Reading Proficiency.
From "Double Jeopardy" authored by Donald Hernandez

A Kentucky lawmaker is considering introducing legislation that would hold back third-graders who don’t meet the benchmark for reading. 

That’s the grade by which some experts have decided reading needs to be mastered.

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Education
1:32 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

JCPS Interested in Local "Race to the Top" Grant

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Jefferson County Public Schools is one of 893 districts that have announced an intent to apply for new federal “Race to the Top” funding.

Kentucky applied for the federal government's competitive Race to the Top grants before, and last year the commonwealth received around $17 million after losing the larger grant it applied for.

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Education
1:17 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Teachers Union Could Spend Big on JCPS Board Endorsements

The Jefferson County Teachers Association is prepared to fund campaigns for three candidates it recently endorsed for open school board seats, but union officials have not yet determined how much they may invest.

In previous races JCTA has pumped thousands of independent contributions to candidates and last week a 12-member JCTA committee endorsed David Jones Jr. in District 2, Lloyd “Chip” White in District 4 and Chris Brady in District 7.

The candidates represent diverse backgrounds, said JCPT president Brent McKim. 

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Local News
10:00 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Allegation of Further Racial Discrimination in Fourth Street Live Prompts Forum

Discrimination complaints have surfaced in Louisville and Kansas City in previous years.

Allegations of racial discrimination against the Marker's Mark Lounge and Fourth Street Live have led local activists to plan a forum this week to discuss their frustrations. 

A local DJ claims lounge management treated him poorly during a show earlier this month. The allegations aren’t verified, but an online petition and Facebook page were created to protest the establishment and what many believe to be reoccurring discrimination allegations at the venue.

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Local News
9:00 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Governors Celebrate First Bridges Project Groundbreaking This Week

The 3,000 foot road extension will run from the first exit north of the East End Bridge.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear will celebrate the first construction project for the new East End Bridge this week.

The two states are splitting the work and cost of the $2.6 billion Ohio River Bridges Project. On Thursday, officials will break ground on a 3,000 foot road extension between Utica, Indiana and the River Ridge Commerce Center. 

The road being built connects to Old Salem Road and will be used by commercial trucks to access the Port of Jeffersonville and will be the first exit north of the new East End Bridge.

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Local News
9:00 am
Mon August 27, 2012

JCPS Considers Tax Hike, Still Lower Than Previous Years

Jefferson County homeowners could see their property taxes go up again if the school board approves a proposed 3.4 percent increase Monday.

The revenue would be used to support the district's dozens of new assistant principals and updates to the JCPS transportation plan.

Taxes are based off assessed property values and, currently, homeowners pay around $677 for every $100,000 their house is worth. If the increase is approved, they'll pay an additional $23.

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Local News
1:16 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Seven Organizations Unable to Document Spending of City Grants

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s review of Neighborhood Development Fund grants is complete and seven organizations have been called out for not being able to document how they spent taxpayer dollars. 

Fischer made a point to review nearly 200 local organizations last year after it was determined the city was not keeping track of how they were spending the NDF grants. Those organizations stand to loose any future grants including any written into the 2012 fiscal year budget.

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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. 

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