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.


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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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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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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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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10:50 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Humana Fined $65,000 Following Letters Related To Affordable Care Act

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 4:02 pm

Officials with the Kentucky Department of Insurance have fined Humana $65,000 after investigating complaints about a letter the company sent to policyholders.

In August, letters were sent to over 6,000 members, saying they had 30 days to renew their plans for 2014, or they would have to choose a more expensive option that complies with the Affordable Care Act.

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Higher Education
10:07 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Kentucky CPE Developing Plan To Award Universities Money Based On Performance

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 5:20 pm

Kentucky’s public universities could receive money based on their performance under a new initiative being developed by the Council on Postsecondary Education. 

Under the proposal, universities that award more degrees and graduate more minority or low-income students could be eligible to receive more money from the agency, said Council President Bob King noting that the initiative is not yet finalized.

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9:30 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Reminder: Kentucky Set To Release Test Scores On Friday

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 1:01 pm

The Kentucky Department of Education will release individual district and school accountability test results this week, including test scores, graduation rates and how many students are college and career ready.

WFPL will have coverage of the test results starting Friday morning on air at 89.3 and online here at

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Higher Education
7:20 am
Fri September 13, 2013

U of L Hiring Auditor, Consolidating Management To Improve Financial Oversight

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 4:05 pm

The University of Louisville has announced it will hire a firm to look into the school’s financial management.

The board’s decision Thursday is a response to allegations by the IRS that a high-level employee wrote himself checks in excess of $2 million.

U of L spokesman Mark Hebert says the firm will review all internal audits for the past several years, review personnel with financial responsibilities and recommend whether more oversight is needed.

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12:46 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Kentucky—and Most States—are Spending Less Per Student Than Before the Recession, Report Says

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 5:31 am

Kentucky lags behind its peers for funding its public education system since the recession, a new report from the Washington-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows.

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12:23 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Education Commissioner Says Next Legislative Session Is 'Make Or Break' For Kentucky Schools

The Kentucky Department of Education

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 10:31 am

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is calling the next legislative session a “make or break year” for education in the state.

“I think we’ve hit the wall for increasing student performance and without some reinvestment in public education I think kids are going to lose out,” he says.

As Kentucky slowly rebounds from the recession, Holliday says the state needs to make education a top priority when laying out the biennium budget that will set the funding for state agencies over the next two years.

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