Thursday, June 11, 2009

Losing the Residency Requirement 

City employees in Ohio no longer have to live within city limits as a condition of employment. Given today’s real estate market, there’s not going to be a mass exodus of cops and firefighters, since there’s not much of a seller’s market for housing in Akron and Cleveland.

Longer term, one side benefit is that you may be able to attract a higher caliber of recruit, since to take a city job will no longer mean condemning your child to an entity the Cleveland Public Schools. The downside to this is that the urban Catholic schools are likely to take a hit.

Since moving is the only form of school choice (unless you spend twice for your kids education, either for private or home school) allowed, it’s a good thing that we’re no longer holding city employees hostage.