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(WMC-TV) - Currently, Memphis schools employees can live outside the city.

But now, when they merge with county schools later this year they'll be have to follow county rules.

This includes a residency requirement.

The Shelby County Attorney released this legal opinion that said the County Charter mandates "all employees of the Shelby County Board of Education must reside in Shelby County."

Memphis Education Association President Keith Williams said quality is quality, but locals should come first.

"I believe every effort should be made to employ people in this city first," he said.

Williams said the new re-evaluation about the residency requirement creates a feeling of instability for Memphis teachers.

"My recommendation would be that those teachers who are currently employed at Memphis City Schools, who initially met employment opportunities when they came here would be grandfathered into this district and future people would have to meet that law. If that law proves to be constitutional," he said.

He said the future superintendent should be held to the same standard.

Williams said if current Memphis school employees living outside county limits are forced to move into the district, they need more information.

"If they cannot do that, they would need to give them a date certain to move into the county," said Williams.

The Shelby County government said the County Commission could pass legislation to allow school employees to live outside the district.

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