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Chapter 6: Sagging Morale
How could morale sink so far so fast? Jaime pondered. Before the holidays, things seemed to be getting better. The controversy over inclusion gradually died down. The True Believers kept working to create more all-encompassing classrooms. The Wise People mostly conducted business as usual. The tension between the two groups subsided, evolving into more upbeat discussions about classrooms and teaching. Jaime saw signs that some positive changes were afoot. As fall turned toward winter, life at Pico seemed to flow relatively smoothly. Why had Brenda warned him to expect more turbulence? As the eve of the holiday break approached, he wondered if she had been too pessimistic. That would be an exception because she was almost always spot on.
Then he was ...