Tony Danza to teach in reality TV show

    The School Reform Commission is considering allowing the TV actor famous for roles in Taxi and Who’s The Boss to teach high school English. It would be taped for a new reality TV show.

    Tony Danza may soon be the boss of a Philadelphia classroom. The School Reform Commission is considering allowing the TV actor famous for roles in Taxi and Who’s The Boss to teach high school English. It would be taped for a new reality TV show.

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    Mayor Michael Nutter is behind the idea of making the Philadelphia School District a subject of a reality TV show, saying it is a “unique opportunity” to highlight the city’s teachers, administrators, and students. Others are concerned that students would become mere props for light entertainment.

    Temple University psychology professor Frank Farley says the popularity of Danza could get more people talking about the conditions of inner-city schools.

    Farley: The more light we can shine on education, the more airtime education can get the better. They need attention, they need resources, maybe something like this will help direct more attention to inner city school.

    The TV production company has offered the School District a chance to respond to each episode during the editing process.

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