Students auditioning to be in Tony Danza’s English class; cameras will be hidden

Tony Danza will co-teach a 10th grade English class at Phildelphia’s Northeast High for a reality show on A&E called Teach, irony be damned.

The request to allow him to teach, made earlier this month to the School Reform Commission, was approved, and Danza “will co-teach a sophomore class at” Northeast High, where he “will work alongside a certified teacher,” The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. A&E will pay the school district $3,500 for each episode, and “will also reimburse facilities and personnel expenses and payment of the district’s outside legal fees,” the paper reports.

To make sure things are as real as possible, students will actually audition to be in the class, and those “chosen to come in for auditions attend a Northeast program for students who want to be in the entertainment industry,” according to the paper. A school district spokesperson said, “The parents and the students have to agree to be part of it, and part of that is understanding what the demands are going to be.”

But that’s not the weirdest part in the story. This is: “cameras will not be visible to students in the classroom.” What? Will they by filmed with hidden cameras? Or will the show be like Big Brother, where the classroom’s walls are mirrors? I guess the producers didn’t want to do anything to disrupt students’ education. From Tony Danza.

Tony Danza gets OK to teach at Northeast High [Philadelphia Inquirer]

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