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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin showed little emotion on Tuesday as his eyes darted rapidly around the courtroom above his blue mask, and 12 jurors who deliberated for 10 and a half hours found him guilty on all counts in the murder of George Floyd.

 

As Chauvin stood to be removed to jail, he thrust his arms behind him. He kept his wrists together as the sheriff’s deputy clicked the handcuffs shut. Chauvin’s bail was revoked. Sentencing will occur in two months, according to Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill

 

Outside the courtroom in a special room outfitted with a television, Floyd’s relatives leaped from their seats and crowded toward the screen as Cahill read each of three guilty verdicts aloud. They cheered, pumped their fists and aimed their cell phone cameras at a scene they viewed as justice.

 

Out on the city’s streets, which had been fortified against potential violence and looting, crowds supporting Floyd and Black Lives Matter gathered and listened to each verdict. Some appeared incredulous, anticipating that the jurors might have gone the other way. Some wept. Others hugged and celebrated. Church bells rang.

 

Similar scenes appeared in Washington, D.C., and other cities. The questions began: What’s next for policing, for racial tolerance and for criminal justice reforms? What if there had been no video of a police officer’s knee on a Black man’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds until his breathing stopped?

 

The Hill: The Congressional Black Caucus sees the guilty verdict as a first step. “We are hopeful that today will be the catalyst to turn the pain, the agony, the justice delays into actions that go far beyond today,” said Rep. Joyce BeattyJoyce Birdson BeattyAdvocates warn against complacency after Chauvin verdict Democrats demand Biden administration reopen probe into Tamir Rice's death DOJ to probe Minneapolis police MORE (D-Ohio), who chairs the caucus.

 

The Washington Post 2020 special report: George Floyd’s America.

 

The Hill: Minneapolis crowds celebrated guilty verdicts.

 

 

People celebrate as the verdict is announced in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin

 

 

President BidenJoe Biden28 Senate Democrats sign statement urging Israel-Hamas ceasefire Franklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Schools face new pressures to reopen for in-person learning MORE and Vice President Harris phoned the Floyd family from the White House. “You've been incredible. You're an incredible family," the president said. “We're all so relieved. … It's really important. I'm anxious to see you guys, I really am. And we're going to get a lot more done” (CNN).

 

NBC News and The Associated Press: The president called Tuesday’s verdict “a giant step forward in the march toward justice.”

 

Hours earlier, Biden, who sought the support of law enforcement during his campaign, made it clear he believed the trial evidence showed Chauvin to be guilty of Floyd’s murder (The Hill). He was criticized for his remarks earlier in the day while the jury deliberated.

 

The Hill: Jury finds Chauvin guilty on all counts in Floyd’s murder.

 

The New York Times: The counts for which the former officer was found guilty: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. 

 

The New York Times: How a teenager’s video upended the Minneapolis Police Department’s initial inaccurate tale.

 

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi28 Senate Democrats sign statement urging Israel-Hamas ceasefire Lawmakers bicker over how to go after tax cheats House Republican: 'Absolutely bogus' for GOP to downplay Jan. 6 MORE (D-Calif.), speaking after the verdict, offered an awkwardly worded statement: “Thank you George Floyd for sacrificing your life for justice.”

 

NPR: Meet the jurors in the Chauvin trial.

 

The Washington Post database: 984 people have been shot by police in the past year. African Americans are killed by police at more than twice the rate of white Americans. Hispanic Americans are also killed by police at a disproportionate rate.

 

Lawmakers in both parties used the word “relief” to describe their reactions. 

 

“There is no question in my mind that the jury reached the right verdict,” Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottPolice reform talks hit familiar stumbling block Biden adds pressure to congressional talks with self-imposed deadlines Republicans can win back control in 2022 — if they don't 'cancel' themselves first MORE (S.C.), the lone African American GOP senator, said in a statement.

 

Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersJuan Williams: Tim Scott should become a Democrat The Hill's Morning Report - Biden address to Congress will dominate busy week Maxine Waters: Judge in Chauvin trial who criticized her was 'angry' MORE (D-Calif.), whose comments while in Minneapolis over the weekend in defense of Black Lives Matter became a lightning rod for criticism from House conservatives and resulted in a failed censure motion, said of the Chauvin verdicts, “You know, someone said it better than me. I’m not celebrating. I’m relieved.”

 

Minnesota Attorney General Keith EllisonKeith EllisonState trial for former officers charged in George Floyd's death moved to next year Lawyer for former officer charged in George Floyd death alleges witness coercion Ruling clears way for longer Chauvin sentence in George Floyd murder MORE (D), who is Black and a former member of the House, said, “I would not call today’s verdict justice … but it is accountability, which is the first step towards justice.” 

 

The Hill: Celebrities cheered the verdict.

 

 

People walk past a mural showing the face of George Floyd

 



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LEADING THE DAY

CONGRESS: House Democrats rallied to the side of Waters, the chairwoman of the Financial Services Committee, and beat back a GOP attempt to censure her for saying that “we’ve got to get more confrontational” about police brutality against African Americans.

 

In a strict party-line vote, lawmakers voted 216-210 to table a censure resolution brought up by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthySunday shows - Cheney removal, CDC guidance reverberate Kinzinger: 'I would love to move on' from Trump but he is the leader of the GOP Cheney: I can't ignore Trump because he 'continues to be a real danger' MORE (R-Calif.). McCarthy and Republicans argued that the California Democrat incited violence with police in the lead-up to Tuesday’s verdict and following Daunte Wright’s death by an officer.

 

“Chairwoman Waters’ actions are beneath the dignity of this institution,” McCarthy tweeted.

 

Democrats responded with accusations of hypocrisy after Republicans largely decided against impeaching former President TrumpDonald TrumpFranklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Man suspected in wife's disappearance accused of casting her ballot for Trump Stefanik: Cheney is 'looking backwards' MORE following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol and stood by Rep. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneThe Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida QAnon site shutters after reports identifying developer MORE (R-Ga.). 

 

“Clean up your mess, Kevin. Sit this one out. You’ve got no credibility here,” said Rep. Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesJeffries endorses Wiley in New York mayor's race Pelosi: Greene's 'verbal assault' of Ocasio-Cortez could be a matter for Ethics Committee Top Democrat: 'House Republicans have definitively become a full-blown cult' MORE (D-N.Y.), pointing to Greene, Rep. Lauren BoebertLauren BoebertMaher on Biden's trillion plans: 'Thank God we got Mexico to pay for that wall' Democrats accuse GOP of new lows in culture wars Boebert takes out space blanket during Biden speech to draw attention to border surge MORE (R-Colo.) and Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzGaetz compares allegations against him to earmarks: 'Everybody knows that that's the corruption' Space Force commander removed after comments on podcast Gaetz associate to cooperate with investigation, plead guilty to child sex trafficking MORE (R-Fla.) as examples (The Hill).

 

The last member of Congress to be censured was then-Rep. Charlie RangelCharles (Charlie) Bernard RangelThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - After historic verdict, Chauvin led away in handcuffs Speaker Pelosi's change of heart on censure Pelosi rules out censure after Trump acquittal MORE (D-N.Y.) in 2010, while only four have been in the past four decades. 

 

The Associated Press: Waters’s bold words echo civil rights, draw criticism.

 

NBC News: “Did I strike a nerve?”: House police reform hearing erupts into shouting match between Reps. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsDemocrat Nikki Fried teases possible challenge to DeSantis The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Upbeat jobs data, relaxed COVID-19 restrictions offer rosier US picture Democrats cool on Crist's latest bid for Florida governor MORE (D-Fla.) and Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans GOP votes to replace Cheney with Stefanik after backing from Trump Roy to challenge Stefanik for Cheney's old position MORE (R-Ohio).

 

The Hill: Democrats adopting rule to limit Freedom Caucus delay tactics.

 

Axios: Senate confirms Lisa Monaco as deputy attorney general.

 

> Infrastructure: The clock is ticking for Republicans to make a substantial infrastructure offer, with the White House giving them until the end of May to come up with a counter proposal as they push to pass a bill over the summer.

 

GOP talks are being led by Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Masks off: CDC greenlights return to normal for vaccinated Americans Infrastructure deal imperiled by differences on financing On The Money: Biden, Senate GOP take step toward infrastructure deal as other plans hit speed bumps MORE (R-W.Va.) and Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsCDC's about-face on masks appears politically motivated to help a struggling Biden Bipartisanship has become a partisan weapon Romney: Capitol riot was 'an insurrection against the Constitution' MORE (R-Maine), tasked to come up with a $600 billion to $800 billion proposal. However, as The Hill’s Alexander Bolton writes, they have a major hill to climb as they try to form consensus among Republicans on how to pay for the bill.

 

On the Democratic side, the sales job of the administration’s $2.3 billion infrastructure and jobs proposal continued on as four top members of the Cabinet made their case to the Senate Appropriations Committee. As The Hill’s Niv Elis writes, Transportation Secretary Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegInfrastructure deal imperiled by differences on financing Biden says he and GOP both 'sincere about' seeking infrastructure compromise The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Colonial pays hackers as service is restored MORE, EPA Administrator Michael ReganMichael ReganOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Gas shortages likely to linger for days | Biden administration issues second shipping waiver amid fuel shortages | EPA orders St. Croix refinery to shut down for 60 days due to 'imminent threat' to islanders' health EPA orders St. Croix refinery to shut down for 60 days due to 'imminent threat' to islanders' health EPA rescinds Trump rule expected to make air pollution regulation harder MORE, Commerce Secretary Gina RaimondoGina RaimondoBiden says he and GOP both 'sincere about' seeking infrastructure compromise The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden expresses optimism on bipartisanship; Cheney ousted Pentagon removing Chinese tech giant from blacklist after court loss MORE, and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia FudgeMarcia FudgeFudge violated the Hatch Act, watchdog finds Carter sworn in as House member to replace Richmond, padding Democrats' majority HHS, HUD team up to extend COVID-19 vaccine access in vulnerable communities MORE described at length the contours of the plan, making the case for the plan.

 

The Hill: White House readies another massive spending proposal.

 

The Hill: Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus say they were energized by their first meeting with Biden.

 

*****

 

CORONAVIRUS: The drug regulator for the European Union found a “possible link” between rare blood clot complications and the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) coronavirus vaccine. The European Medicines Agency recommends a warning be added that the blood disorders should be considered “very rare side effects of the vaccine” (The Associated Press).

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to meet on Friday to weigh additional information about the J&J vaccine and what increasingly seems to be a correlation between rare, serious blood clot complications and the vaccine’s interaction with some people’s immune responses (ABC News).

 

The Associated Press: Here’s how one 18-year-old Nevada woman early this month developed blood clots in her brain a week after receiving a J&J dose. Emma Burkey has undergone three brain surgeries.

 

The Wall Street Journal: Newly reported infections fall in the U.S.

 

The government’s concerns about the J&J vaccine and the administration’s decision last week to recommend a pause in all 50 states has complicated worries among some Americans about coronavirus vaccines administered in the United States. Forty percent of Republicans have consistently told pollsters they’re not planning to be vaccinated — a group that could undermine the goal of increasing national immunity in order to tamp down the virus’s spread.

 

A focus group of vaccine-hesitant Trump voters over the weekend urged politicians and pollsters to stop pressuring people who are vaccine holdouts, move away from forecasts of booster shots in the future, and find a more persuasive influencer than the ubiquitous Anthony FauciAnthony FauciSchools face new pressures to reopen for in-person learning Fauci: Coronavirus pandemic showed 'undeniable effects of racism in our society' Fauci: Vaccinated people become 'dead ends' for the coronavirus MORE, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (The Washington Post).

 

Among the most pressing questions public health experts are asking is why so many GOP voters remain opposed to the COVID-19 shots and whether the recent decision to pause J&J vaccinations increased their skepticism.

 

 

A man holds a sign and dresses as a plague doctor to encourage people to be vaccinated

 

 

Biden is scheduled to speak today about the administration’s vaccination rate to date and states’ success in allowing all U.S. adults to make vaccine appointments by May 1 in their communities, as he requested.

 

The Associated Press: Hitting latest vaccine milestone, Biden pushes shots for all.

 

The Hill: Connecticut lawmakers voted to rescind a religious exemption for school vaccination requirements.

 

The New York Times: Some children with COVID-related syndrome develop neurological issues.

 

The Associated Press: Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauBiden to record video message for 'Vax Live' concert Pranksters trick Canadian lawmakers with fake Navalny aide: report Trudeau voices 'tremendous confidence' in AstraZeneca vaccine after first Canadian death linked to shot MORE on Tuesday extended restrictions that make it mandatory for air travelers to quarantine in a hotel at their own expense when they arrive in Canada. He thanked the country’s two major airlines for extending a voluntary suspension of flights to Mexico and all Caribbean destinations until May 21.

 

The Wall Street Journal: Japan is preparing to reimplement its state of emergency declaration for Tokyo due to the increase in coronavirus cases as the country prepares to host the Olympics this summer. “We should not fall behind the speed at which variants of the virus are spreading infection,” Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said.

 

*****

 

ADMINISTRATION: The president plans to announce the United States will work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at least in half by 2030, according to The Washington Post. The target, timed for Earth Day and a U.S.-led global virtual climate summit on Thursday, is intended to reassert America’s global leadership on greenhouse gas reductions and would require significant U.S. changes. Biden wants to encourage other nations to follow suit. The president’s pledge represents a near-doubling of the U.S. commitment under the 2015 Paris climate agreement, when former President Obama vowed to cut emissions between 26 percent and 28 percent compared with 2005 levels.

 

The Associated Press: The European Union reaches a major climate deal ahead of the U.S. climate summit.

 

 

Steam rises from the Miller coal Power Plant in Adamsville, Alabama

 

 

When the administration recently retreated from a tight cap on refugees to insist the limit will be lifted, progressives and advocates for immigrants said their power at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. was clear. The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant and Mike Lillis report on whether that reading of their West Wing clout holds up. “We take this victory. Now, let’s protect this victory,” said Ezra Levin, co-executive director of progressive group Indivisible. “Now, let’s hold these elected officials accountable.”

 

The Washington Post: The president’s own misgivings fueled the decision to keep a restrictive refugee cap in place, a decision then reversed by the administration after public outcry.

 

The Department of Homeland Security announced on Tuesday that it will make an additional 22,000 temporary non agricultural worker visas available soon through a temporary rulemaking. The expansion of visas has been sought by companies and employers (The Wall Street Journal). The decision comes weeks after the administration lifted a ban imposed in June on the guest worker visas and other work visas by the Trump administration amid the economic fallout of the pandemic. 

 

Six thousand of those additional visas will be set aside for applicants from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, which together are sending the largest number of migrant families and children to the U.S. border seeking asylum.



IN FOCUS/SHARP TAKES

POLITICS: Trump and his allies are making it clear they have no intention of letting up in their continued offensive against Georgia Gov. Brian KempBrian KempCheney seen as merely first victim of Trump election attacks Three charged in Arbery killing plead not guilty to federal hate crimes Georgia official considering cutting federal unemployment to force people back to work MORE (R), a preview of a likely bare-knuckle intraparty brawl in one of the key contests on the 2022 map.  

 

As The Hill’s Max Greenwood writes, Kemp has found himself on the outside looking in after he declined to back Trump’s efforts to overturn the election results in Georgia in November. Even after he signed  the Georgia election bill into law last month, the back-and-forth has not subsided, as Trump argued that it does not do enough to combat voter fraud. 

 

Adding to his problems, several county Republican parties in Georgia last week voted to censure him, and he received a formal primary challenge from Vernon Jones, a staunchly pro-Trump Republican.

 

The Hill: Montana Democrats sue over new voting laws.

 

The Hill: Republican National Committee raises nearly $18 million in record off-year March donations.

 

The Texas Tribune: Texas state Rep. Jake Ellzey faces mounting opposition from his right — including Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzBipartisanship has become a partisan weapon Former OMB pick Neera Tanden to serve as senior adviser to Biden Seth Rogen says he's not in a feud with 'fascist' Ted Cruz, whose 'words caused people to die' MORE (R-Texas) — in a special election to fill the late Rep. Ron WrightRon WrightHouse Democrats unveil .9 billion bill to boost security after insurrection Carter sworn in as House member to replace Richmond, padding Democrats' majority Unsuccessful anti-Trump Republican candidate: GOP 'not living up to this moment' MORE’s (R-Texas) seat.

 

The Hill: Groups see new openings for digging up dirt on Trump. 

 

 

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp

 



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OPINIONS

Chauvin’s Conviction is the exception that proves the rule, by David A. Graham, staff writer, The Atlantic. https://bit.ly/3xeDc4z 

 

Shedding masks — and a bit of our pandemic selves, by Molly Roberts, editorial writer, The Washington Post. https://wapo.st/3dyDk6U 

 

Tax hikes will stifle the recovery, by Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanBipartisanship has become a partisan weapon Carper urges Biden to nominate ambassadors amid influx at border Fudge violated the Hatch Act, watchdog finds MORE (R-Ohio), The Wall Street Journal. https://on.wsj.com/3n3eWxB



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WHERE AND WHEN

The House meets at noon. 

 

The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Vanita Gupta to become associate attorney general. 

 

The president and Vice President Harris will receive the President’s Daily Brief at 9:50 a.m. The president will deliver remarks on the COVID-19 response and the state of vaccinations at 1:15 p.m.

 

First lady Jill BidenJill BidenWashington showing signs of normalcy after year of restrictions Here's why Joe Biden polls well, but Kamala Harris does not Jill Biden visits Smithsonian as DC museums reopen MORE will travel to Albuquerque, N.M., for an event with Gov. Michelle Lujan GrishamMichelle Lynn Lujan GrishamThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Cheney poised to be ousted; Biden to host big meeting Biden vows to get 'more aggressive' on lifestyle benefits of vaccines White House to announce deal for free vaccination rides from Uber, Lyft MORE (D) at a community health center and Window Rock, Ariz., for events with the Navajo Nation. 

 

Second gentleman Douglas EmhoffDoug EmhoffThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - What the CDC's updated mask guidance means The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - House GOP drama intensifies; BIden sets new vax goal MORE at 11 a.m. will visit a community health center in Burlington, Vt., for a listening session to discuss targeted vaccination outreach efforts. Gov. Phil Scott (R), Lt. Governor Molly Gray (D), and Rep. Peter WelchPeter Francis WelchAllow Medicare to negotiate on behalf of patients to lower drug prices Democrats push to add drug pricing, Medicare measures to Biden plan House Dems to unveil drug pricing measure ahead of Biden package MORE (D-Vt.) will participate.    

 

The White House press briefing will take place at 12:15 p.m. The administration’s coronavirus briefing is scheduled at 11 a.m.

 

Energy Secretary Jennifer GranholmJennifer GranholmOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Gas shortages likely to linger for days | Biden administration issues second shipping waiver amid fuel shortages | EPA orders St. Croix refinery to shut down for 60 days due to 'imminent threat' to islanders' health The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden expresses optimism on bipartisanship; Cheney ousted Overnight Energy: Colonial Pipeline restarting operations after cyberattack | Gas shortages spread to more states | EPA relaunches website tracking climate change indicators MORE will be a featured speaker about global clean energy at 9 a.m. during an event sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Information is HERE

 

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ELSEWHERE

INTERNATIONAL: Queen Elizabeth II is 95 today. Following the death of her husband, Prince Philip, her celebration will be subdued (People). … U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan plans to return to Washington for consultations with the Biden administration as the two superpowers trade sanctions and Russia recommended he depart. He says he will return to Moscow within weeks (The Associated Press). His statement is HERE. … Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinTime for jaw-to-jaw with Moscow Hillicon Valley: Colonial pipeline is back online, but concerns remain | Uber, Lyft struggle with driver supply | Apple cuts controversial hire Menendez calls on Biden to support Armenia amid rising tensions with Azerbaijan MORE will deliver his annual address to the nation today. Demonstrations about the precarious health and continued imprisonment of Putin critic Alexei Navalny are expected (CNBC). According to The Associated Press, Navalny’s doctors have been unable to see him in a prison hospital after he was moved there. Navalny released a letter to his legal team that was posted to social media: “If you saw me now, you would laugh. A skeleton walking, swaying, in its cell.  … Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno, who ruled the central African nation for more than three decades, died Tuesday of wounds suffered on the battlefield during a fight against rebels (The Associated Press).

 

STATE WATCH: The GOP-led North Carolina state Senate will not move ahead to advance a bill supported by multiple members that would limit medical treatments for transgender individuals under age 21. A spokesman for Phil Berger, the GOP leader in the North Carolina state Senate, said that the bill will not receive a vote in the chamber. The legislation, which would have ultimately been vetoed by Gov. Roy Cooper (D), would have precluded doctors from prescribing puberty blockers, gender confirming hormone treatment or surgery to people under 21 (The Associated Press). … From voting laws to transgender athletes, companies are pushing back against red state legislatures. Amazon, IBM and Marriott are among corporations opposed to a Texas bill that would place restrictions on transgender people in athletics (Houston Chronicle). Other states, including Missouri and Tennessee, are considering similar legislation. The companies are getting out in front of such bills after public criticism that they didn't condemn Georgia's voting law until it was enacted. Republicans say corporate America should not play an active role in the politics of policy (The Hill).

 

 

A foot is seen on a soccer ball

 

 

TECH: Apple and Google’s market power over digital app stores will be in the hot seat Wednesday at the Senate Judiciary antitrust subcommittee’s hearing on app store fairness. The Silicon Valley giants have come under fire over the app store policies, especially over the 15 to 30 percent fees they collect from app developers. As Congress continues to weigh the market power of the companies, the controversial app store policies have led to proposed state legislation to allow apps to circumvent the fees, as well as a key trial between EpicGames and Apple that is set to go to trial next month (The Hill).



THE CLOSER

And finally … Little Steven is here to help students, and music is the vehicle. 

 

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) rolled out a new public school effort on Tuesday to re-engage students in their studies intended to educate them via music and the history of song. The curriculum, known as “TeachRock,” is the creation of a collaboration led by Steven Van Zandt, the longtime Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band guitarist, and will touch on the Vietnam War and the influence of blues and hip-hop on the political scene, among other issues. 

 

“Statistics show that if a kid likes one single teacher or one single class, they will come to school, and we want to be that class,” Van Zandt told The Associated Press. “The days of dragging young people to some old-school education methodology I think are over.”

 

 

Bruce Springsteen and inductee Steven Van Zandt of the E Street Band perform