Deena Winter has been a journalist for over 20 years, writing stories for the Northwood Gleaner, Bismarck Tribune, Associated Press, Denver Post and Lincoln Journal Star before joining Watchdog.

Candidate for state auditor was a frequent flyer as senator

By   /  October 22, 2014  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

Sen. Amanda McGill will run for state auditor.

The Democratic candidate for state auditor, Amanda McGill, spent $34,000 in campaign funds and taxpayer funds traveling the world over the past eight years.

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Teacher defends Purple Penguin gender sensitivity handouts

By   /  October 17, 2014  /  Education, National, Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

Photo from Lincoln School Board video

A Nebraska middle school teacher who gave her colleagues gender inclusiveness training guidelines last month says they were simply meant to start a conversation, not spark a national controversy. But a parent says the district is going overboard accommodating a gender fluid preschooler who dresses as a boy some days, a girl others.

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Legislative panel subpoenas Nebraska governor to testify on prison scandals

By   /  October 16, 2014  /  Nebraska  /  No Comments

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A special investigatory prisons committee unanimously voted Thursday to subpoena Gov. Dave Heineman to testify before the committee on Oct. 29.

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200 people turn out for school board meeting on gender inclusivity training

By   /  October 14, 2014  /  Nebraska  /  No Comments

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About 200 people turned out for a school board meeting in Lincoln, Neb., Tuesday night to support and oppose gender inclusiveness training that was done with middle school teachers last month.

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Lincoln parent says she never wanted media firestorm over gender training

By   /  October 14, 2014  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

STUDENT AID: Not all of the students attending school at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville were eligible, according to a new audit.

The parent who first sounded the alarm about a gender sensitivity training program in Lincoln, Neb., schools says the training documents were leaked to her by teachers at the school but she never intended to create a media firestorm with them.

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Lincoln teacher says gender sensitivity training felt like sexual harassment

By   /  October 13, 2014  /  Nebraska  /  No Comments

Philadelphia's Renaissance Initiative overhauls lowest-performing schools.

A teacher says he felt like he was being sexually harassed during a Lincoln Public Schools training exercise where teachers were told to share when they first became aware of their gender and sexual orientation.

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