School Funding, Bridgeton ID Card, Weather Events – Friday’s Roundup

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School Funding
President Trump’s planned cuts to education funding would mean tough choices to be made at South Jersey schools, which tend to receive more federal funding as a percentage of their total budget than schools in the north of the state. NJ Spotlight has published an interactive map that shows New Jersey schools by the percentage of their budget that comes from federal funding. Several school districts in South Jersey – including Atlantic City, Bridgeton City and Carney’s Point Regional – receive more than 5 percent of their budget from federal funding. The plans, first announced in May, would cut funding for programs including after-school services, teacher training and literacy.

A Pine Barrens tree frog which is a species of New World tree frog. It is becoming rare due to habitat loss. Photo by @chasinglife180

Bridgeton ID Card
Bridgeton City Council last night passed the first reading of an ordinance that would give local identification cards to anyone, including immigrants, reports. The cards – backed by the Bridgeton Police Chief – would help with public safety and would also provide cardholders with another recognized proof-of-address for administrative procedures such as opening a bank account. Several North Jersey cities and Trenton already offer residents similar cards. The Bridgeton residents’ card would cost $15 for adults ($8 for minors) and be distributed based on an ID-points system (residents would need four points to receive the card). The second reading of the ordinance is Sept. 19.

Weather Events
Experts at the Cape-Atlantic Severe Weather Conference in Ocean City last night agreed that if a storm like Irma were to hit the Jersey Shore, it would be devastating. Such a storm would bring a massive storm surge and major flooding, according to meteorologist Dan Skeldon, who co-hosted the event. The other issue facing the region in the event of major storms is the difficulty of evacuation, particularly from places like Cape May, where there is just one road out. Read more via OCNJDaily.

In the rest of the day’s news, Atlantic City’s Boneyard Bar & Grill calls it a day, New Jersey is spending more than $1 billion a year on corrections programs but recidivism rates are still high and costing millions, a bipartisan group of lawmakers from New York and New Jersey pitched President Trump on the Gateway Tunnel project, here’s a look-behind-the-scenes at $260 million in Camden tax breaks, and if you weren’t already rooting for Egg Harbor Township’s Miss New Jersey in the Miss America pageant you have another reason now. All that and more below:

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