By Marisa Iati and Carla Astudillo | NJ Advance Media for
on September 06, 2016 at 7:30 AM, updated September 06, 2016 at 7:34 AM

Millennials: the subjects of countless think pieces about how the generation is leaving its mark on everything from politics to real estate to workplace culture.

Now, their footprint is becoming visible in New Jersey’s public schools, where experts say their tendency to delay marriage and parenthood is having a measurable impact on school enrollment.

For three years in a row, the number of students in New Jersey’s public schools has declined slightly and begun to level off — a pattern James Hughes, dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, attributes to millennials’ choices.