MY TURN: Teacher residency requirements - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

MY TURN: Teacher residency requirements

Posted: Updated:
  • News on WMCTV.comNewsMore>>

  • Several homes evacuated due to gas main break

    Several homes evacuated due to gas main break

    Friday, April 18 2014 2:20 PM EDT2014-04-18 18:20:34 GMT
    (WMC-TV) – Memphis Fire Department is on the scene of a gas main break in the 1500 block of Carr Avenue, near South Willet Street in Midtown. Eight homes are being evacuated. This break happened aroundMore >>
    Some Midtown residents were forced out of their homes Friday morning when natural gas started leaking into their neighborhood.More >>
  • MPD officer charged with sexual battery

    MPD officer charged with sexual battery

    Friday, April 18 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-04-18 18:09:58 GMT
    (WMC-TV) – An officer with the Memphis Police Department is charged with sexual battery that stemmed from events that happened during a traffic stop on February 11. While on duty, MPD Officer Meekos Evans,More >>
    An officer with the Memphis Police Department is charged with sexual battery that stemmed from events that happened during a traffic stop on February 11.More >>
  • Police investigate Friday morning armed robbery

    Police investigate Friday morning armed robbery

    Friday, April 18 2014 1:36 PM EDT2014-04-18 17:36:29 GMT
    (WMC-TV) – Memphis police were called to reports of a shooting in the 1700 block of Latham Street, near the intersection of Preston Street. The call came in around 6:30 a.m. on Friday. This happened atMore >>
    Memphis police were called to a robbery in the 1700 block of Latham Street, near the intersection of Preston Street. The call came in around 6:30 a.m. on Friday.More >>
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Let's applaud the Shelby County Commission for their vote this week that waiving the county's residency requirement for Memphis City Schools employees who are now becoming part of the new unified school system.

This vote was certainly the right thing to do for these people because it would have been very unfair to force them to uproot their families because of the merger.

Now, of course, it's unfair to the other Shelby County employees that their new coworkers are allowed to live outside the county and they are not. And that gets to the heart of why we should not have these residency rules at all.

They will never be fair as we learned that more than 150 Shelby County employees have been living outside the county for years, many of them with approval from their bosses.

When there is a job open in government, our goal should be to attract the best employee. Case in point, the best teacher will mean better schools and better schools will make more people want to live in Shelby County.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment or anything else, email yourturn@wmctv.com or call 800-465-1210.

Copyright 2013 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow