Blaustein arrived without appointments and was escorted by police off the property of the Clifton Avenue School, and then the Ella G. Clarke School.
“I am trying to gain access to the public schools, legally, and I don’t need their approval” or permission to tour the school, Blaustein said. “The principal denied me access.”
Blaustein, 28, of Seventh Street, said he was told that he has no children in the school and therefore would not be allowed inside, according to the police report.
Blaustein said he is married and has two children who do not attend public school. He is a full-time student at Beth Medrash Govoha rabbinical school, here.
In police reports that Blaustein forwarded to the Asbury Park Press, Blaustein was told by Officer Gary Przewoznik that he had to leave the school or he would be arrested for trespassing, by orders passed down through police Chief Robert C. Lawson.
Blaustein said he has attended Board of Education meetings for the past two months and many people have complained about the overcrowding in the classrooms. As a Lakewood resident running for the school board, “I should be able to see this,” Blaustein said.
“I want to see all the elementary schools,” he said. “Teachers are saying it is overcrowded, there is a roof problem, outdated technology and a (poorly equipped) library, and that there is not enough educational material.”
The school board election is April 27.