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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Local News
3:30 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Tornado Watch Issued Until 10 PM Sunday For Kentuckiana Region

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 10 pm Sunday night for the following Kentucky and Indiana counties. It also warns of severe weather including strong winds.

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Education
7:10 am
Sun November 17, 2013

Which JCPS Elementary Cluster Schools Were Parents' No. 1 Choice Last Year?

Jackson Winburn arranges puzzle pieces on his first day back.
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Last week, we looked at Jefferson County Public Schools' process for assigning kindergartners to elementary schools. 

Elementary school assignments are guided by several factors, including the district's diversity standards and the will of each set of parents. Parents can begin expressing their will on Monday, when the application process for the kindergartners of the 2014-15 school year begins.

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Local News
10:44 pm
Sat November 16, 2013

Cardinals Football Defeats Houston, Brown Runs For Career High

The Louisville Cardinals beat Houston Saturday night 20-13 after Dominique Brown ran for a career-high 137 yards and two touchdowns.

The Cards trailed 13-10 at halftime, before turning to Brown, who carried 11 times in the third quarter for 50 yards and a touchdown run. Brown finished with 27 carries.

In the second half, the Card’s defense awakened to hold the Cougars to just 41 yards. It’s U of L’s third straight victory and it helps them stay within reach of first-place Central Florida.

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Education
9:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Test Scores Vary Widely Among the 13 JCPS Elementary School Clusters

Jazlyn Caldwell, 5, plays with puzzle blocks this August on her first day of kindergarten at Shelby Elementary.
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A school bus pulls into the Meyzeek Middle School parking lot Thursday afternoon. Instead of carrying students, inside are computers and printers and Internet.

Jefferson County Public Schools' mobile bus program helps the district reach parents who haven’t registered or enrolled their child—and who may never even apply for elementary schools when the application period opens on Monday. 

Last year, JCPS had roughly 2,000 new kindergarten students whose parents didn't apply during the application period—out of about 7,500 new students. 

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Education
2:44 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Louisville Signs Joint Agreement With JCPS To Improve Education Outcomes

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has signed an agreement with Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens to boost the city’s academic well-being.

The joint commitment reinforces on-going initiatives the city already has in place, like the 55,000 Degrees program. But it also emphasizes more collaboration between the two entities and includes regular meetings to discuss ways the city and schools can become better partners.

The agreement will focus on all aspects of education, from early childhood programming to college graduation.

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Education
2:13 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

The Key to JCPS' Elementary School Choice? Parent Involvement in the Process.

Christina Bush, assists kindergartner Jazlyn Caldwell, age 5.
Credit Amber Sigman

This is the first of a two part series. On Friday, we'll look at how Jefferson County Public Schools elementary clusters compare and what's being done to improve parent engagement in school choice.

The application process for Jefferson County public elementary schools begins Monday, bringing another batch of incoming kindergartners' parents to confront the choice of schools.

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Education
3:25 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

JCPS Committee Proposes Giving Former Drug Offenders Second Chance To Volunteer

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The Jefferson County Board of Education will consider a new policy later this month to allow some ex-offenders with drug convictions a second chance to volunteer in schools.

In JCPS, hundreds of parents are rejected from volunteering because the district bans anyone with a felony or drug and alcohol conviction from volunteering in supervisory roles.

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Education
1:01 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

JCPS Wants You To Design The First 'School of Innovation'

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If you could design your own school, what would it look like?

That’s the question posed to Jefferson County residents by the school district, which will consider the best idea for creating the first “school of innovation” and help it become a reality as early as the 2015-2016 school year, officials said Tuesday.

“I would like to see classrooms get dumped in general,” says Fred Durham, co-founder of Café Press in Louisville.

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Education
10:09 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

JCPS Crafting Long-Term Plan For Growing Populations, New Schools Possible

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Jefferson County Public Schools is considering its next steps with a population shifting eastward, while considering where students in unique groups—like limited English learners and early childhood education—will be living in the next few years.

All but one of JCPS’ 13 elementary school clusters (areas in which parents can choose schools) will have enough capacity to seat students through 2017, according to projections presented to the school board Monday.

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Education
11:33 am
Mon November 11, 2013

JCPS Announcing Details Of 'School Of Innovation Design Competition' Tuesday

School of the future, according to the hit children's show The Jetsons.
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Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens will announce details of a competition to create a new JCPS school  Tuesday.

Earlier this year, JCPS was granted District of Innovation status by the Kentucky Board of Education.

It was one of only four school districts across the state to earn this label. These districts are allowed to waive certain education department regulations that other schools must follow.

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