There’s a good reason ITK’s getting a lesson from the “Taxi” alum and Emmy Award nominee — he’s in D.C. to honor his former co-teacher from his days instructing English to 10th-graders at a Philadelphia school at the American Federation of Teachers’ summer conference. MSNBC’s Ed Schultz and opera star Denyce Graves were also on-hand to honor teachers who made a different in their lives.

Danza shot a reality show and wrote a book published last year about his 2009 teaching experience called I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High.

While he’s passionate about education and fixing what he calls the “real dilemma” in the school system, Danza dismisses talk of ever taking his vocal opinions on the campaign trail.

The 62-year-old actor says he was “joking” when he told The Wall Street Journal in 2012, "I’m of a certain age, and you see things, and you think maybe you could help. You say: ‘Let me fix the city. Let me run for mayor.’ "

He reiterates now that while education is an issue he’s interested in, politics isn’t in his future, saying, “It’s not something I would do. I’m an actor. I want to perform more than anything else. It’s really all I want to do.”

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