Schools, Weekend Weather – Friday’s Roundup

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School enrollment across New Jersey is flat, but more than half of the state’s school districts are in decline, particularly in the Northwest and South. We have mapped school district enrollment change in percentage terms from 2010 through the last school year and found some interesting details – read our analysis and check out the interactive map. The story of a shrinking population in Atlantic County since the recession and casino closures is well known. But did you know that districts such as Buena Regional, Avalon, Margate and Ventnor are still declining? It is also interesting to look at how districts such as Haddonfield, with its train station and walkable downtown, are seeing a rise in enrollment. While record declines in Camden City, under state supervision, is perhaps a warning for Atlantic City. Meanwhile, NJSpotlight shows how teacher and administrative salaries are edging higher across the state.

Those flamingos are up to something. Image via @hash_tag_paul on Instagram.

Weekend Weather
It’s been a rough week for beach-goers and the National Weather Service is now warning about heavy rain through Saturday and there is a gale watch in effect along the Atlantic County coastline. NJ Advance Media says we could see a rare July Nor’Easter – with a winter weather pattern forming in the summer.

In the rest of the headlines today, Ventnor’s beaches have reopened (but some are still closed in AC), errr – there was a bear in Marlton, and a team of Atlantic City teens is working on transforming a shipping container into an off-the-grid command center. All that and more below:


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