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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Education
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.

The Next Generation Science Standards were developed by an independent consortium of 26 states, including Kentucky, and are part of Kentucky’s 2009 education reforms. They will update what students will be expected to learn in science.

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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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Education
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.

Gov. Steve Beshear and Education Commissioner Terry Holliday announced today that 96 districts—or 55 percent—have adopted the new policy raising the dropout age from 16, which has been in place since 1934, according to state officials.

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Education
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.

More than 20 school districts that have not yet acted on the policy are scheduled to meet this week, and WFPL has confirmed several of those districts plan to adopt the policy.

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Education
3:49 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

What Kentucky Teachers Think Of Their Schools, Education Department Releases Survey Results

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 11:53 am

The Kentucky Department of Education has released results of the voluntary anonymous teacher survey—known as the TELL Survey—which was conducted this spring.

Nearly 90 percent of Kentucky teachers responded to the survey, which officials says is phenomenal. And over 90 percent of Kentucky schools are eligible to use the survey data to improve working conditions for teachers in schools. To be eligible a school needed at least half of its teachers to take the survey (and at least five teachers for smaller schools).

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Sports
4:51 am
Sat May 4, 2013

Confessions Of A Kentucky Derby Gate-Crasher

Stephen Johnstone and his niece, Sarah, crashed the Kentucky Derby celebration together in 2008.
Courtesy of Stephen Johnstone

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 12:21 pm

On Saturday night, 150,000 people will pack Louisville's Churchill Downs to watch the Kentucky Derby. But only a few will celebrate the victory from the winner's circle.

Stephen Johnstone has experienced that celebration many times. He's been in the winner's circle with the winning families, jockeys and governors — but not once was he invited.

Johnstone is a retired gate-crasher. The first time he crashed the Kentucky Derby was in 1963. Johnstone and several college friends slipped underneath a fence at Churchill Downs.

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Education
11:16 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Kentucky Halts Standardized Tests Because of Computer Glitches

Kentucky has become the most recent state to see problems with the company that administers online  exams in public schools and officials say the problem is of concern as more states move to online testing.

Since the beginning of this week, 25 Kentucky school districts have experienced slow or dropped  connections to the online system, making it impossible to complete the ACT End of Course Exam.

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Education
11:09 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Kentucky Halts Standardized Tests Because of Computer Glitches

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 11:04 am

Kentucky has become the most recent state to see problems with the company that administers online  exams in public schools and officials say the problem is of concern as more states move to online testing.

Since the beginning of this week, 25 Kentucky school districts have experienced slow or dropped  connections to the online system, making it impossible to complete the ACT End of Course Exam.

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Sports
9:48 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Louisville, Cincinnati Boats Face Off In 51st Great Steam Boat Race

Credit Wikimedia Commons

This year's 51st annual Great Steamboat Race--part of the Kentucky Derby Festival--will continue using a points system developed in previous years to determine the winner. 

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Around the Nation
4:36 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Cyclo-Cross Championship Takes U.S. By Storm, Mud And Sand

Competitors in a men's category race in the 2013 National Cyclo-cross Championships in Bradford, England, this month. The sport requires riders to traverse mud and sand on off-road courses peppered with obstacles.
Oli Scarff Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 6:55 pm

While many Americans will be tuning into the Super Bowl on Sunday, there's another big sports competition this weekend: the Cyclo-Cross World Championships. This weekend's event, in Louisville, Ky., marks the first time in its 60-year history that the world championships will be held outside of Europe.

Cyclo-cross, a grueling sport requiring riders to traverse mud, sand and other obstacles, is growing rapidly in the U.S. And the fans can be a bit crazy. At the 2012 Louisville Derby City Cup, hundreds of people — some in costumes — packed onto the course to cheer the riders on.

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