Creative Use of Jargon 101
I referred to the closure of Tilden School in a post last week, but you won’t find that term on tomorrow night’s Teaching and Learning Committee agenda. You see, what district staffers have in store for Tilden is actually a “Restructuring of Instructional Program and Redesignation of Facilities.”
I know I keep harping on the dearth of plain English coming out of the central office, but I just don’t understand the purpose behind all of this jargon. Would any concerned parent see the Tilden agenda item and think: “Oh, my special needs child might have to go to a different school next year, but that’s OK, because her school isn’t being closed. It’s just being redesignated”?
Anyhow, you can learn all about this restructuring and redesignation — and what it really means — at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow, at the school board meeting room. It’s estimated to cost $700,000 (See the presentation here.) Also on the agenda are charter renewals for Oasis High School and Monarch and Millsmont academies.
Other school board committee meetings this week:
Tuesday – Finance and Human Resources, 5 p.m.
Wednesday – Facilities, 5 p.m.; Rules and Ethics, 6:30 p.m.; Oakland Athletic League, 7:30 p.m. a.m. (the OAL meeting is at 900 High St.)
Thursday – Audit, 6 p.m.
You can find the agendas posted on OUSD’s legislative calendar.