Ever notice that people involved in public education have their own lingo? Whether it's acronyms or over-repeated phrases or buzz words, the education community is full of jargon!
When I first got involved in starting a charter school, it took me awhile to understand what people were talking about. To this day it still bugs me when people in education use a phrase over and over because "everyone who's anyone" is using the phrase. Currently that over-used phrase is "push-back." It's not that someone disagrees or has a different opinion, instead there's "push-back."
Another "favorite" that's been around for a long time (too long) is the misuse of the word "around." Educators say they're "addressing issues around school reform" rather than "related to" or "associated with."
So those of us in charter schools are going to agressively meet AYP and use HQ teachers because of NCLB; comply with our LEA's interpretation of IDEA and ECEA in order to serve our Sped population; take CSAP, ITBS and NWEA to measure student achievement; provide IEPs, ILPs and maybe even ALPs to meet individual student needs; comply with OCR, Title IX and everything else "around" ED; so that we can, too, belong to the "educator's club of jargon."