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
11:35 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

JCPS Approves Frost Middle School Redesign Despite Air Quality Concerns

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The Jefferson County school board approved school redesigns in the southwest, which aim to attract more students living in the area that are leaving for better options. But board member Chris Brady says students may now be exposed longer to air that doesn't meet quality standards. 

“Would you want your children or your grandchildren to go to Frost. The answer for me is simply no. In my view this proposal puts our children at increased risk and should be denied,” he says.

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Education
9:44 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Group Opposes Piloting First JCPS Cadet Middle School Program

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The Jefferson County Board of Education will consider funding the district’s first middle school cadet academy program Monday night, but some question whether the program would benefit students at the school.

Myers Middle School would pilot the cadet academy program next year and after review could eventually become an official magnet program, according to the proposal. The school would also act as preparatory program for students who want to participate in the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) program in high school. 

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Education
7:00 am
Sun December 8, 2013

Survey: Kentuckians 'Undecided' On Charter Schools, but Favor Charter-Like Features

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More than half of Kentuckians contacted for a new survey released this week say they’re undecided on whether the state’s public education system would improve with charter schools.

But a majority of the 501 voting households surveyed support more school options and certain characteristics that set charter schools apart from traditional public schools.

“It cuts across all regions and party lines in the state,” says Joe Burgan, spokesman for the Kentucky Charter School Association—the group that commissioned the survey conducted by Glover Park Group.

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Education
1:13 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

JCPS Has Received 15 Commitment Letters From 'School of Innovation' Designers So Far

School of the future according to the hit show The Jetsons.
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Officials say they’ve received 15 letters of intent so far from groups or individuals who want to design the next Jefferson County public school.

The district announced its School of Innovation Design Competition last month, which allows anyone to submit ideas that JCPS staff could potentially help become a reality.

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Education
9:53 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Kentucky Education Commissioner on Funding: 'We Will See Pink Slips Like We’ve Never Seen Before'

 

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says teachers could faces layoffs and school districts could fail financially if education funding is not restored.

Holliday has pushed lawmakers to restore per-pupil funding levels to pre-recession levels. That request is more than $250 million dollars for the two-year budget that lawmakers will set when they return next year.

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Education
10:00 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Education Grawemeyer Winner Diane Ravitch: 'There’s a Tsunami of Change, Not All of It’s Good'

Diane Ravitch is the 2014 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award winner in education.

If you’re into education and you've heard the name Diane Ravitch you may either shudder or nod approvingly.

Ravitch was once a strong supporter of standardized testing and charter schools, but has more recently become a leading voice against many trendy reforms that are now ingrained in U.S. public education.

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Education
4:41 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Ali Center Offers Free Screening Of 'Girl Rising'

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"Educating girls will change the world." That’s the message of a film to be screened at the Muhammad Ali Center Thursday.

“Girl Rising” features stories from girls around the world who struggle to compete in countries that oppress their education.

Ingrid Johnson helped bring the film to Louisville. She says the United States doesn’t experience the same problems as other countries, but the film can be used to inspire participation in the community.

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Education
12:24 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Louisville's 55,000 Degrees Receives Another $200,000 From Lumina Foundation

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Louisville's long-term education initiative—55,000 Degrees—has received another $200,000 to continue working toward its goal to increase the number of college degree earners in the city. Project officials say the city needs to ramp up its efforts to support high school to college transitions and working-age adults completing their degrees. 

The Lumina Foundation has named 20 cities that will receive cash and will have access to a number of national organizations that will provide technical and data assistance to help communities improve educational attainment.

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Education
12:30 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Former Northern Kentucky Superintendent Pleads Guilty To Embezzling School Funds

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A former northern Kentucky superintendent faces up to two years in prison, after pleading guilty in federal court this week to embezzling nearly $200,000 from his school district. 

William “Gary” Rye actually embezzled over $500,000 over several years of leading Dayton Independent Schools, according to Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen.

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Local News
7:00 am
Tue December 3, 2013

What Louisville Can Do To Compete For Innovation and Growth

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Louisville’s new downtown restaurant Sidebar is packed with young professionals—new transplants—from all over the country. They're attending the monthly meet-up group New2Lou, which aims to welcome the recently-arrived to the city.

When I ask them why they came to Louisville I get similar answers: Humana, Ford Motor Company, the University of Louisville.

Work.

It’s why many people come to Louisville and it’s sometimes why people leave—for better opportunities or more money.

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