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County Commission amending residency requirements

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Memphis City School teachers who live outside of Shelby County may still be able to keep their homes for at least a while longer.  An ordinance allowing teachers five years to move into Shelby County limits was amended Wednesday morning.

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The change states that if you're currently an MCS teacher, living outside of Shelby County, you will be grandfathered in.

The ordinance as initially proposed gave teachers and others five years to move to Shelby County.

Several commissioners in today's committee hearing felt forcing teachers to move would lead to an increase in teachers quitting.

However, the other MCS workers are still being asked to move to Shelby County in the next five years, unless they were hired prior to 1986, when the County adopted a residency requirement. But, Memphis never had the stipulation.

Some commissioners made it clear, what's fair to some should be fair to all.

"I want to get rid of the residency requirement altogether, but it's got to fair, equitable to all 8,000 employees," said County Commissioner Terry Roland.

Commissioner Henri Brooks added, "let's do what's legal, what's moral, what's right…we've been advised by our county attorney we can grandfather these teachers in and move on."

The proposal still needs to go through a third reading before the entire County Commission can vote.

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