By Judy Kurtz
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.
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.”