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
12:27 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

JCPS Says Student Equity Needs Community Response, Releases 'Equity Scorecards'

A group of community, city and school leaders discuss how JCPS can be more equitable.

Dozens of community leaders and educators formed groups Monday morning at the Jefferson County Public Schools district office and discussed how the community and schools can better support student equity.

This isn’t a project, officials promised.

Instead, JCPS hopes ‘equity scorecard’—which measure student and school disparities in the district through data and surveys—can be a catalyst to improve inequity in public school culture and data.

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Education
9:00 am
Mon November 25, 2013

JCPS Board Considers Helping To Fund Education Cost Study

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The Jefferson County Board of Education will consider chipping in to help fund a study which aims to show how Kentucky’s new education reforms are underfunded.

“The study is going to reveal, I just think, the whole entire picture. So I believe that’s important information for all of us to have,” says JCPS school board member Linda Duncan.

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Education
4:00 am
Mon November 25, 2013

JCPS Hosts Equity Summit, Asks Public To Help Solve Existing Disparities

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The Jefferson County school district is asking the public to join the discussion on how local education can be more equitable.

Jefferson County Public Schools will release its equity scorecard data to the public Monday morning, which will highlight where schools should direct resources to close achievement gaps and to provide equal opportunities for all students.

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Education
3:31 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Mayor Greg Fischer Wants $10 Million To Double Kentucky's Engineering Degrees

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Mayor Greg Fischer says he’s working with University of Louisville President James Ramsey to double the number of engineering degrees earned in Kentucky.

Fischer says the General Assembly should commit an additional $10 million when it sets the budget next year to expand engineering programs at U of L and the University of Kentucky. 

If the commonwealth doubles the number of engineering degrees it would bring the state closer to the national average, he says. 

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Education
12:25 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Kentucky School Co-op Named 'Race to the Top' Finalist

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Another group of Kentucky schools is one of 31 finalists for federal Race to the Top grant funding and winner could be announced by the end of the year.

The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative serves over 40,000 students in 17 eastern Kentucky rural school districts.

It was a finalist last year too, but not a winner.

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Local News
5:31 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

U.S. Labor Secretary Visit Highlights Louisville's Challenges

U.S. Secretary Thomas Perez listens to stories from low-wage workers and small business owners.

Stories from low-wage workers were shared with U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez Wednesday and many said they support raising the federal minimum wage, but that there also needs to be a more comprehensive plan to truly improve inequity. 

Also sharing in the conversation were small business owners who agreed that the federal minimum wage should be raised, although Perez noted some do believe raising the wage would be a hindrance on operations.

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Education
1:24 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Education Groups Convene Thursday To Rally Around Single Message: Fund Public Education

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A group of education organizations will meet in Lexington Thursday to prepare for their campaign to better fund public education in Kentucky.

It’s the first time the various groups that make up the Kentucky Education Action Team will rally around a single message to deliver when the General Assembly convenes in January, according to Stu Silberman, executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.

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Education
9:48 am
Wed November 20, 2013

National Report Says Kentucky Uses Education Data Well

There are 10 actions states can implement to ensure the most effective use of education data, according to DQC.

Kentucky has again received high marks for  its collection and use  of education data to improve student outcomes.

The annual Data for Action 2013 report was released this week and it showed Kentucky met all but one action that ensures the most effective use of data, according to Data Quality Campaign.

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Education
2:55 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Louisville Needs to 'Pick Up the Pace' for 55,000 Degrees Goal Despite Record Number of Degrees

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More working-age adults in Louisville have earned college degrees than ever before, but the area still struggles to meet industry demand and is not on track to reach several education goals, according to the third annual 55,000 Degrees progress report released Monday.

“We’ve got to pick up the pace,” says Mayor Greg Fischer who chairs the 55,000 Degrees initiative—a private-public partnership introduced in 2010 to create and guide goals that include half the city’s population obtaining an associate degree of higher by 2020.

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Local News
6:40 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Is Kentucky's Grocery Store Liquor Ban Antiquated? Court of Appeals To Decide.

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Should Kentucky grocery stores be allowed to sell liquor and wine?

That’s the topic of arguments to be  heard Tuesday by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. 

Earlier this year, U.S. District  Judge John Heyburn overturned Kentucky’s ban on grocery store sales.  In his ruling he said it violates the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

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