Dramatic North Miami Mayor Andre Pierre Now in Public Feud With His Kid's Science Teacher
Controversy seems to follow North Miami Mayor Andre Pierre wherever he goes. So, naturally, now he's managed to get himself in a public feud with his kid's science teacher.
Laurie Futterman, a science teacher at the David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Center, showed up last week at a city council meeting to speak against controversial plans to privatize garbage pickup. In a seeming bit of retaliation, Pierre called up the school and demanded that Futterman be brought into the principal's office.
"Who is he to call my place of employment?" Futterman told the Herald. "I am offended as his son's educator and as a citizen."
Pierre said he merely wanted to talk to Futterman so he could set up a workshop to educate students about the garbage contract, because, yes, that's the job of public schools: to discuss the ins and outs of the politics of municipal garbage collection.
Pierre's son is a sixth grader at the school and is in Futterman's sixth-grade honors science class.
Its seems however that everything involved with this garbage contract stinks to high heaven.
Pierre's nephew and campaign manager was arrested last March after he was caught on tape promising a local businessman that in exchange for $4,000 he could personally get the vote on the contract moved until after local elections.
Last month Pierre also called a council member's daughter a prostitute during discussion of his nephew's arrest.
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