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 for helping him achieve in public radio.

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6:00 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Studies Favor JCPS Turnaround Model “Project Proficiency”

Students receiving grade of A or B and scoring Proficient or Distinguished on KCCT.

Part 1 of WFPL’s series this week looking at three collaborative studies on Project Proficiency from JCPS administrators.

For the first time, studies are showing the affects of Jefferson County Public Schools’ "Project Proficiency," the district’s response for turning around student achievement in its persistently low-achieving (PLA) schools, according to the No Child Left Behind Act. 

The effort ensures all students understand the top concepts in math and reading in depth, and it requires teacher collaboration to move the lowest achieving students forward.

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10:26 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Greater Clark Schools Approves Dr. Andrew Melin For Superintendent

Melin was voted in at 5-2.

The Greater Clark County Schools board has approved the contract of its next superintendent, Dr. Andrew Melin.

Melin will lead the district, overseeing nearly 11,000 students. He’ll replace Stephen Daeschner who was hired in 2009, and who oversaw significant gains in student achievement.

Melin was chosen from a list of 17 national applicants and currently serves as the superintendent of Indiana’s Valparaiso Community Schools. He’s also served in various education roles including principal, counselor and teacher.

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9:32 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

JCPS Board Narrowly Approves Student Assignment Changes

Four individuals spoke in opposition of the student assignment changes.

The Jefferson County Board of Education has approved changes to the district's student assignment plan that will reduce school options but give many students shorter bus rides.

After lengthy discussion Monday night, the board ultimately approved revisions to the elementary school plan that create 13 clusters in which parents can choose schools for their children. The board retained the current six cluster system for middle and high schools, but approved new diversity criteria for all schools.  

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7:43 am
Mon June 11, 2012

JCPS Board Votes On Superintendent Evaluation, Student Assignment Changes

The proposed 13 cluster plan would offer less school choice but some students could travel shorter distances.


The Jefferson County Board of Education will vote on two key agenda items at Monday night's board meeting.

The first is the evaluation of Superintendent Donna Hargens’ first year on the job. Board chair Steve Imhoff says he’ll be surprised if the evaluation isn’t favorable. But there’s no way of knowing what discussions the board has had.

The board met once in private last month and will again meet behind closed doors before Monday night’s board meeting.

The decision to meet in executive session is their choice. Legislation was changed in 2010 to allow this, after the Courier-Journal sued the district to gain access to then-superintendent Sheldon Berman’s evaluation.

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7:00 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Youth Summer Jobs Program Comes Up Short

Kentuckiana Works executive director Michael Gritton says nearly 300 jobs have been secured for youth this year.

Mayor Greg Fischer’s goal of employing 400 students this summer has not been met, but the Kentuckiana Works summer jobs program has seen growth.

Monday is the first day on the job for around 150 students who signed up for the "Summer Works" program this spring, said Michael Gritton, executive director of Kentuckiana Works, the Workforce Investment Board for the Greater Louisville region.

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6:02 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Greater Clark Superintendent Finalist Hopes for Board Support

Dr. Andrew Melin is the finalist for Greater Clark County Schools' next superintendent.

The Greater Clark County Schools board will vote Monday night on whether to hire Dr. Andrew Melin as the new superintendent to replace Stephen Daeschner.  

If board members vote against his hire, Melin says it  won’t be a reflection of his ability to lead.

Melin, currently superintendent of Indiana’s Valparaiso Community Schools, was whittled down from a pool of 17. The district’s search committee chose him as the finalist last week while not releasing the names of any other candidates.

Melin addressed southern Indiana residents in his first official public introduction last week. He answered questions regarding how he plans to continue the district's success and he addressed questionable spending practices in his current district.

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11:50 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Kentucky Makes Above Average Progress In Grad Rates

Kentucky has made above average progress in graduation rates over the ten-year span, report says.

Education Week’s annual report, Diploma’s Count, shows while Kentucky has made significant improvements in the number of students graduating over a ten-year period, the commonwealth still falls behind the national average.

The big news announced this week: between 1999 and 2009 the graduation rate rose to 73.4 percent, which is the highest it has been since the late 1970s, according to the report. 

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Local News
5:17 am
Thu June 7, 2012

WDRB Back On Cable

This is what cable customer previously saw when they surfed to WDRB.

Cable customers in Louisville can once again watch the city's Fox affiliate, WDRB.

The station was previously at an impasse with Time Warner Cable over how much the provider should pay to broadcast WDRB's local and network content. Last week, the contract between the two expired and Time Warner pulled WDRB and its sister station WMYO from the cable lineup.

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Local News
3:01 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Jeffersonville Redevelopment President Quits After Disagreement With Mayor

Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore has proposed a development that includes a farmer's market pavilion.

The president of the Jeffersonville Redevelopment Commission has resigned after disagreeing with the mayor about the Big Four Bridge approach.

The Big Four Bridge over the Ohio River is currently being converted into a pedestrian and bicycle span . On the Louisville side, the approach is a long spiral ramp in Waterfront Park. There are two plans for the approach on the Jeffersonville side. 

One plan is being developed by Construction Solutions and offers more space, which more closely resembles a park, said commission member Monty Snelling. The other plan is being developed by Mayor Mike Moore's administration and includes a farmer's market pavilion and retail and condo developments. But commission president Michael Hutt says that plan is "ugly." 

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10:28 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday Gets 4-Year Contract Extension

Commissioner Terry Holliday has accepted a four-year contract extension through Aug. 2017.

The Kentucky Board of Education unanimously agreed to award Commissioner Terry Holliday a four-year extension of his contract Wednesday.

Holliday was hired by the baord in July 2009 as the state's fifth commissioner . The contract extension will cover the period from August 2013 to August 2017. The contract does not provide Holliday with a salary raise, which will keep his $225,000 yearly salary the same, according to a press release sent from KDE.

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