In a letter read to the Philadelphia School Reform Commission yesterday, Mayor Nutter asked the panel to allow a classroom reality show to film at Northeast High School.

The A&E show would bring the actor Tony Danza to Philadelphia as a 10th-grade English teacher.

"As a product of urban public schools, Mr. Danza is dedicated to enriching the lives of the young people who will enter his classroom," Nutter wrote in a letter read by his education secretary, Lori Shorr.

The show would be called Teach.

Danza proposes to co-teach the class with a certified teacher and work on extracurricular activities such as the prom and the school play. Students would opt into his class, district officials said.

The actor is already participating in the district's new-teacher induction program.

Executive producer Donny Jackson said the show would be "responsible television."

"Long before his fame as an actor, he aspired to be a teacher," Jackson said of Danza.

Jackson said the show would bring benefits to the school, including student internships, and the district, including help in recruiting teachers.

The commission will vote next week on a resolution that would give Teach Productions the right to produce "a nonscripted documentary TV series at Northeast High School for an initial cycle of 13 episodes ordered by A&E Network."

If approved, the district would get a $3,500 fee, reimbursement of added facilities and personnel costs, and payment of legal fees up to $10,000.

The district would have the right to object to footage in the rough cut of each episode.

The resolution also includes the option to produce additional cycles of the show.

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