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
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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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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