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State law ending residency rules for municipalities won't apply to MKE teachers

State of Wisconsin flag (courtesy of Wikicommons)
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MILWAUKEE, WI (WTAQ) - The city of Milwaukee’s refusal to drop its residency mandate for public employees does not apply to school teachers.

The Milwaukee Public Schools told its employees yesterday that it’s following the new state law, and all district employees are no longer required to live in the city to keep their jobs.

No one knows how many school employees are thinking about moving out. Union leader Bob Peterson has not commented on the matter.

The new state budget ordered communities with residency ordinances to drop them.

However, they can still make police and other emergency personnel live within 15 miles of the communities they serve.

Milwaukee city officials are refusing to follow the new state law, and are continuing to enforce their long-standing residency mandate.

On Thursday, Milwaukee’s police union asked a judge to have the city follow the state law – and let emergency personnel live where they choose.

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