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.

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Government
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?

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

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Education
4:41 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Student 'Growth' Measurement Concerns Some Kentucky Superintendents

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 12:52 pm

Some Kentucky superintendents have expressed concern with at least one indicator educators use to measure accountability, and education officials say tweaks to state’s new Unbridled Learning system could be forthcoming.

In the Kentucky Department of Education’s monthly webinar, Commissioner Terry Holliday said superintendents’ No. 1 concern is measuring student growth.

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Education
3:23 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

ACT Can't Run 'Stress Tests' After Technical Glitches; Kentucky Considering Other Options

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 12:45 pm

The ACT testing company says it’s unable to run "stress tests" this fall that were requested by the Kentucky Department of Education following technical glitches with the test last spring.

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Government
12:00 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Kentucky's Child Abuse Panel Requesting $420,000 To Meet Goals

Retired judge Roger Crittenden is chair of Kentucky's Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Panel.

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 10:41 am

An independent Kentucky panel in charge of reviewing child abuse cases is requesting $420,000 from the state’s budget to perform its duties.

The Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Panel was created following criticism of accountability and transparency in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which deals with child abuse cases.

The panel—which consists of volunteer professionals ranging from law enforcement to child advocates—has reviewed dozens of cases, but the workload is heavy, says panel chair and retired judge Roger Crittenden.

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Education
10:06 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Kentucky State Police Offer Training Program For 'Live Shooter' Incidents in Schools

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 2:04 pm

Kentucky State Police have launched a new program to help train school officials on how to respond when gunshots are fired on campus.

The active shooter program was developed by a number of stakeholders over the past several months and police say it’s a direct response to shootings at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School last December.

KSP spokesman Paul Blanton says schools can select from four participation levels in the program, ranging from simple local district visits and discussions to live role-playing seminars that include the firing of simulated shoots.

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Education
6:34 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Kentucky Selected For Two-Year Pilot To Improve Teacher Preparation Programs

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 5:42 am

Kentucky is among seven states that will participate in a two-year pilot program to improve teacher training programs and help the state’s higher education system better align with reforms at the K-12 level.

It’s not just a conversation happening in Kentucky.

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Education
7:26 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Kentucky Faces Challenges with New Science Standards

Kentucky is among several states preparing to introduce new science standards in public schools. And, like many of the others, Kentucky has seen opposition to the standards from a vocal minority.

But the debate has been a bit more heated here and some have even called the state's adoption of the standards the most contentious in the country.

“Everybody is watching what everybody else is doing,” says Josh Rosenau, policy director at the National Center for Science Education.

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Government
2:10 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Governor Steve Beshear: Federal Budget Deal Kicks 'Can Down the Road'

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 4:25 pm

FRANKFORT — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear offered sharp criticism of Congress, chiding the nation’s lawmakers for being out of touch with their constituents and for causing needless pain across the state through the ongoing federal shutdown.

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Sports
2:56 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

There Is No 'Ban' On Handshakes After Kentucky High School Games, Official Says

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 11:49 am

The commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association tells WFPL that there is no ban on students wishing to handshakes with the opposing team after middle and high school athletics.

Media reports surfaced yesterday, following directives from Commissioner Julian Tackett saying if students want to shake hands it must be supervised by school staff or coaches.

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Education
9:54 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Kentucky Students Taking More 'Advanced Placement' Tests, Seeing Higher Scores

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 9:50 am

Kentucky students are taking more advanced placement tests and scoring higher on those exams, according to data released this week.

This trend has continued since 2008 when the state began its Advanced Kentucky initiative that helps local school districts grow participation.

Advanced Kentucky trains teachers and helps students prevent the need for remediation courses once they reach college.

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