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.


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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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12:32 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Kentucky Education Officials OK New Science Standards Despite Criticism of Evolution

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 9:27 am

Kentucky education officials' consideration of Next Generation Science Standards gained national attention last month when The Huffington Post and others picked up on criticism of evolution and climate change during a public hearings on the matter. 

Here's the latest:

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12:17 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Education Chairman Doesn't Expect Major Changes To Kentucky Science Standards

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 8:07 am

The chair of the Kentucky Board of Education doesn’t expect the controversy over newly-adopted science standards to lead to a change in those standards before they're implemented.

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Higher Education
12:20 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Centre College Receives $250 Million Gift For Scholars Program

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 11:26 am

Kentucky’s Centre College has received its largest endowment ever and one of the largest gifts to a liberal arts college in the nation. 

The $250 million donation from the A. Eugene Brockman Charitable Trust--whose son attended Centre College--will allow the school to set up the Brockman Scholars Program in fall 2014.

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12:28 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Kentucky Governor, Education Leaders Celebrate New Statewide Dropout Age of 18

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 11:44 am

Just two weeks since Kentucky allowed school districts to voluntarily adopt the new compulsory dropout age of 18, enough districts have approved the policy to make it mandatory statewide in four years.

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4:24 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Kentucky’s New Dropout Age Will Be 18

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 1:31 pm

In four years, Kentucky students won't be able to drop out of school until they're 18.

It appears that enough Kentucky school districts have, or plan to back increasing the compulsory dropout age from 16 to 18 to put the state over the threshold needed to make the change mandatory statewide.

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