MPS committee to make decision on approval of extending residency grace period

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by Chris Patterson

MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee Public School Board committee will decide to approve or disapprove the extension of the district's grace period for compliance with their residency rules. Teachers working for Milwaukee Public Schools are required to live within the city limits, but new hires have a 12 month grace period to make the move.

The school district is struggling to fill 700 positions after a wave of retirements. The retirements are believed to be a reaction to laws limiting collective bargaining and pension contribution reform in the State of Wisconsin.

In a committee meeting on December 13th, committee members are considering extending their residency grace period to three years. The district hopes this will help attract new talent to their classrooms.

 

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