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Five Tennessee teachers' aides filed suit this month challenging the state education department's policy requiring classroom assistants to catheterize disabled students to help them urinate.

The aides in Knox County were fired after refusing to perform the procedure. They argue that the state's Board of Nursing has declared that catheterizations should be performed only by licensed nurses.

State officials said aides routinely perform the procedure in nearly all Tennessee districts, and pointed to a 1984 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that found the practice was not a medical service.

College-Cost Concerns: High school students in Indiana perceive the cost of college as a greater barrier to higher education than it is, a report by the Indiana Youth Institute says.

The survey found that nearly 60 percent of the students responding saw money as a problem in pursuing their postsecondary educations, and that many of the young people and their parents drastically overestimated the amount they would need.

Vol. 13, Issue 17

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