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
12:46 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

JCPS Board Races Draw 17 Candidates

Three new JCPS board members will be elected to the seven member board on Nov. 6.

This fall's Jefferson County Board of Education election will have one of the largest candidate pools in  recent history after eight more candidates filed before Tuesday's deadline.

A total of 17 candidates have filed to run for three seats being vacated by JCPS board members this year. Five are vying in Steve Imhoff’s District 2, five in Larry Hujo’s District 7 and seven in Joe Hardesty’s District 4.

The candidates run the gamut from well known public figures to a concerned parent who wants to change the district’s student assignment plan.

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Education
2:40 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

IQS Research: High School Students Struggle Adjusting to College

Despite rising college enrollment rates, a new study from Louisville’s IQS Research shows many students aren’t prepared for the transition to higher education.

The report released Tuesday shows while nearly every student intends on going to college, only two-thirds enroll within one year of graduating high school.

Of that group, only 42 percent graduate with a Bachelor’s degree within six years.

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Education
12:44 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

JCPS Updates Meals Under New Federal Guidlines

JCPS has offers some school dried fruits, expand access to new food.

Jefferson County Public Schools officials will keep a close eye on school lunches this year as the district implements new federal standards that will make meals healthier.

The standards approved this year by the U.S. Department of Agriculture bring school meals into compliance with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 

This means more fruits and vegetables and whole wheat and less sodium and fat  in school food. But students need to participate for JCPS to be reimbursed under the National School Lunch Program.

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Education
1:09 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

10 Candidates Filed for JCPS School Board

Ten candidates are now running for three open seats on the Jefferson County School Board. 

The most recent to file is 29-year-old Elizabeth Berfield who moved from Illinois four years ago after working as a librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana. Berfield is now a stay at home mother of two.

To be on the JCPS board you have to be at least 24 years old and have lived in Kentucky for the last three years prior to filing.

Berfield said she has anticipated running for the school board and said she'd like to see JCPS administrators adopt a frugal mindset.

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Education
7:00 am
Mon August 13, 2012

JCPS Teen-Parent Program Adds More Daycare Space

Jefferson County Public Schools’ Georgia Chafee Teenage Parent Program (TAPP) is making further expansions to accommodate more children in its day-care program this year.

The district has two schools for pregnant students or those who already have children. Last year, South Park TAPP renovated its facilities to add 10 more daycare spots.

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Local News
1:09 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Ky Judge Lifts Stay for Bridges Project Case

Ohio River Bridges Project

A federal judge is allowing a case challenging the Ohio River Bridges Project to move forward.

In 2009, River Fields and the National Trust for Historic Preservation filed suit against the Federal Highway Administration. They argued the federal government did not practice due diligence in preparing environmental impact statements and several historical places could be affected by the project.

Western District of Kentucky Judge John G. Heyburn put a stay on the suit in 2010 while bi-state officials reworked the $2.6 billion bridges proposal.

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Education
11:18 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Kentucky Education Board Clarifies Restraint, Seclusion Policy

The Kentucky Board of Education has approved regulations strengthening its policies around restraining misbehaving students.

Over the past several years, officials have considered changing the state's education department policies. Several states have laws on the books that regulate restraint. Kentucky is not among them, leaving the education department to set regulations on restraining students.

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Education
1:19 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

KY Grad Rates Make Small Gains, JCPS Continues Struggle

While Kentucky students as a whole made small gains in graduation rates during the 2010-2011 school year, Jefferson County Public Schools students fell slightly backwards in most major categories.

In all major categories--including gender and race-- JCPS continues to fall at least 7 percentage points behind the state. This has been consistent with the four previous years the Kentucky Department of Education has provided.

The JCPS total graduation rate dropped from 69.3 percent in 2010 data to 67.8 percent in 2011 bringing the number closer to its 2008 rate of 67.7.

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Education
4:12 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Louisville Forum: School Board Races Need More Attention

A diverse pool of candidates has filed for Jefferson County’s three open school board seats.  The most recent is local radio host Tom Mitchell, who plans on running an anti-student assignment campaign, according to reports by the Courier-Journal.

As the deadline to file nears--Aug. 14--some are hoping interest in the races increases. That idea was included in  former Courier-Journal editor David Hawpe's opening speech at the Louisville Forum Wednesday afternoon.

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Education
11:08 am
Tue August 7, 2012

U of L Dean J. Blaine Hudson Takes Leave of Absence Due to Illness

J. Blaine Hudson has been dean of U of L's College of Arts and Sciences since 2005.
University of Louisville

The University of Louisville's College of Arts and Sciences Dean, J. Blaine Hudson, is taking a leave of absence following cranial surgery.

Hudson sent a message Monday night [below] through assistant dean John Ferre. The e-mail, which was forwarded to college staff, said Hudson had undergone cranial surgery and will now take time to rest. The prognosis remains positive, he wrote, but officials expect him out indefinitely.

“We don’t know how long he’s going to be gone and let me be really clear, we are expecting him back," said U of L provost Shirley Willihnganz.

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