Devin Katayama

Devin Katayama joined WFPL News in summer 2011. He adds to the newsroom a diverse perspective having lived and reported in major cities across the U.S. and spending time in Peru reporting on human trafficking. Devin earned the 2011 Studs Terkel Community Media Scholarship Award for his report on homeless youth in Chicago. He reports on education affairs in Kentucky and Indiana.


12:13 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Q&A: Ken Ham Isn't Out to 'Change Bill Nye's Heart' During Creation/Evolution Debate in Kentucky

Ken Ham

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 6:02 pm

The highly publicized debate scheduled for Tuesday in Northern Kentucky between Creation Museum president Ken Ham and  science educator/television personality Bill Nye has sparked critics from both sides.  

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7:22 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Kentucky's Higher Education Leadership Wants Money, Official 'Less Confident' It Will Be Received

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 3:30 pm

Kentucky state university presidents have signed a letter requesting more money for higher education, but one leading official is "less confident" it will receive attention this budget session.

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7:31 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Presidents Of Kentucky's Two Largest Universities Oppose Israeli Academic Boycott

University of Kentucky President Eli Capiluto blogged about his opposition to the Israeli academic boycott this week.

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 5:04 pm

The presidents of Kentucky’s two largest universities have joined opposition to a boycott of Israeli academic institutions by the American Studies Association.

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3:17 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

GED Test Gets A Makeover, All Unfinished Tests Nullified

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 11:02 am

Kentuckians who have not finished their GED exams will have to take all four parts of the test over when the test is updated in January.

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6:30 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Kentucky Education Group Says New Teachers Need More Supports

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 3:54 pm

The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence has presented its recommendations to lawmakers on how to improve teacher quality in Kentucky.

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2:53 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

School Tax Revenue Varies Widely Between Rich And Poor Districts

  A non-partisan economic policy group has released a report showing large gaps in per-student funding among school districts that approved tax increases this year.

Around half of Kentucky school boards approved the maximum 4 % property tax increase to help fund public schools. That's partly because the state hasn’t raised per-pupil funding for a number of years. 

The Kentucky Center for Economic Policy paper shows that some districts like Southgate Independent Schools in northern Kentucky will receive an additional $200 more per student through property taxes. While other districts like Bath County, in eastern Kentucky, will only receive $24 more per student.

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10:54 am
Mon December 9, 2013

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

Originally published on Sun December 8, 2013 6:25 am

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.

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2:09 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

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

Originally published on Thu December 5, 2013 8:53 am


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

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3:07 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

KET Recieves $1.14 Million To Grow Early Childhood Resources

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 1:48 pm

A group of children sit in front of the television at Louisville Central Community Center’s Mini-Versity Child Development Center.

“What colors can you make?” the television asks.

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11:43 am
Mon November 18, 2013

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

Should grocery stores be allowed to sell these liquors?

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 2:59 pm

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

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