We've made it to another weekend, Philly. While the rain isn't letting up any time soon, it's never too early to start planning for brighter days, and our Jersey Shore guide is here to help you live out your best beach life this summer. We've got the down-low on this year's shore highlights, hidden gems, and where to go to stretch your sand dollars to the max. On a heavier note, a new lawsuit claims the Garden State's schools are some of the most segregated in the nation, while Pennsylvania's newest, biggest and most expensive prison is prepping to open its doors to the chagrin of many inmates.

Dear Jersey shore: opening essay of shore guide: Wind ripples, in the dunes on the beach in Avalon April 19,2017. TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer
TOM GRALISH / STAFF
Dear Jersey shore: opening essay of shore guide: Wind ripples, in the dunes on the beach in Avalon April 19,2017. TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer

Sure, it's not a bright, sunny day outside — so what better time to start daydreaming about your Jersey Shore adventures for when it is? Our annual Shore Guide is your go-to resource this summer and beyond. It's never too early to plan, right?

Where to spend your time happily…

…and your money wisely.

Heading to the shore screen-free? You can pick up a print version of our Shore Guide 2018 at store.philly.com. (Print subscribers, yours is already in the mail.)

The state of New Jersey has been "complicit" in creating and maintaining "one of the most segregated public school systems in the nation" and depriving its students of educational opportunity, a new lawsuit claims. Filed by several civil rights groups, the suit alleges that the Garden State encourages segregation by requiring students to attend public schools based on where they live, rather than taking steps to reduce the separation.

And although the total number of black and Latino students is nearly equal to the the white total statewide, a significant — and growing — number of black and Latino students attend schools that are almost entirely non-white. Often found in impoverished communities with fewer resources to fund education, these schools performed worse than state averages, according to reports.

Legal experts say the claims have a good chance of standing up in court, too, thanks to a clause in New Jersey's state constitution specifically barring segregation in public schools.

What you need to know today

  • Two people were killed yesterday after a school bus taking children on a field trip to a New Jersey historical site collided with a dump truck in Mount Olive. The bus was ripped in half during the collision and several more people were hospitalized.
  • Pennsylvania's newest, biggest and most expensive prison is finally ready to open its doors, but inmates and staff at the 95-year-old Graterford Prison say they're uneasy about the move to the modern Montgomery County facility. Jail programming — including Graterford's music group, Songs in the Key of Free — has been slashed, at least temporarily, during the transition.
  • Delaware County Rep. Nick Miccarelli has once again violated chamber policy prohibiting retaliation against anyone who reports alleged sexual harassment, an internal House investigation found. Miccarelli has not been sanctioned, but GOP leaders did announce some punishments Thursday. He's going to lose some committee assignments and needs to move move his desk farther from that of his accuser — another lawmaker with a restraining order against him.
  • The Eagles will land in the White House on June 5 to celebrate the Super Bowl win with President Donald Trump. Well, at least they've been invited to visit. Some players are already doubling down on their commitment to "skip the photo op."
  • Come July, you may see a slight decrease (or increase — sorry, Aqua Pennsylvania and Newtown Artesian Water Co. customers) in your utility bills, thanks to the lower federal tax rate that came into effect at the beginning of this year.
  • Meanwhile, the pressure is mounting for Philly's cab drivers, who say the city's lack of regulation for ride-sharing gigs like Uber and Lyft is endangering their livelihoods.

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"How can we justify tax breaks for Comcast, a company that makes billions in profits, when children get respiratory problems and lead poisoning?"
  • Lyft and Uber should immediately create an in-app option that gives female passengers the choice to specifically request female drivers, writes part-time Philly Lyft driver Kenita Jalivay, who says her car often becomes a confessional for women's ride-sharing sexual assault stories.
  • Philly can't count on HUD Director Ben Carson to solve the city's affordable housing crisis, our editorial board writes. In fact, it seems like he's on a mission to make it even harder for lower-income families to find a place to live.

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Bucks County middle-schooler Aliyana McCrary is on a quest to compete in the East Coast USA Pageant's national finals this summer, and isn't letting sickle cell anemia keep her from the crown.

– Newsletter editor Aubrey Nagle contributed to this report