In the last legislative session in Texas, lawmakers changed a law requiring basic academic skills assessment, placement, advisement, remediation, and evaluation to require skills development (instead of remediation). They did not mean any change in the programs, just a change of semantics that they were somehow convinced would be less offensive/objectionable. This session a bill dealing with this issue refers to a program of developmental education. That is not describing any new program, again just a change in semantics for the lawmakers.
Many developmental educators in Texas agreed that skills development (or developmental education) is a better term (less offensive/objectionable) to students, pedagogical/andragogical issues aside. However, Martha Maxwell observed at CRLA in 1998 (I believe) that the term developmental is frequently used to describe individuals with developmental delays (or mental retardation).
Semantics and accurate, precise terminology are important to those of us in the field, but to the general public (as well as lawmakers and public policy pundits), it's all the same: something that many of them think "doesn't belong in college because college is for an elite sector of the population who will eventually make new laws and new policies."