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September 11th, 2012
10:43 AM ET

'Teachers are people, too' – Tony Danza on the difficulties of being a high school teacher, weighs in on the Chicago teacher strike

Beloved television actor Tony Danza spent one year in a different kind of role: a 10th grade English teacher in a Philadelphia public school for the 2009-2010 school year. The “Taxi” and “Who’s the Boss” actor talks about the Chicago teachers strike and his new book, “I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had," which chronicles his experience as a public school teacher.

“There’s so much budget cutting, so much changing of the way it’s been – there’s a reaction,” Danza says of the Chicago strike. “People are scared, like anybody else. Teachers are people too.”

“What I saw [in my year of teaching] were discouraged teachers,” Danza adds. “30% quit after three years, 50% after five. It’s like just as you’re getting good, you say, ‘I can’t do it.’”

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