Tony Danza to be teacher in Philly

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - August 13, 2009 Beginning this fall, former talk show host and sitcom star Tony Danza will be facing an audience of Philadelphia 10th graders for a yet-to-be-titled reality show on teaching.

School commissioners approved the filming of the series on Wednesday. The vote allows at least 13 episodes to be shot and broadcast on the cable channel A&E.

Danza will be co-teaching an English class at Northeast High School. The program, which had the working title of "Teach," is tentatively scheduled to premiere in spring 2010.

Critics say putting cameras in the classroom will disrupt students' education. But the project is supported by some district officials and Mayor Michael Nutter, who say it will put a much needed spotlight on the joys and challenges of urban education.

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