In a crowded concert hall here on a late October evening, rock musician Steven Van Zandt leaned into the microphone—nodding his head, wrapped in his trademark bandana—and turned his between-song banter to teacher appreciation.
“We’ve been, you know, just trying to give a little respect to the teachers around the country,” he said to audience applause, while intermittently strumming a guitar at the helm of his 15-person band, the Disciples of Soul.
“They’re underappreciated,” he said, pausing for emphasis. “Underpaid. Underfunded.”
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