- Marco Tolj, LAUSD Division of Special Education
Marco Tolj is the Director of the LAUSD’s Division of special education and is, therefore, responsible for ensuring that these services help students to reach their full potential. If any part of these programs is “harmful,” then it is the responsibility of Tolj and his team to make the needed adjustments so that the system performs better. This solution should never involve denying services to students who are in need.
As an example of how special education might be harmful, Tolj mentioned students who have one on one aides to assist them during the school day. He maintained that some of these students “felt that they were always being watched” during breaks and, therefore, had a difficult time socializing. Taking away this aide would solve the problem but would also mean that the student had no assistance during the rest of the school day. A better solution to this problem would be to ensure that the BII (Behavioral Intervention Implementation) Specialist is trained to recognize that the student needed more independence and work with the IEP team to develop a plan towards that goal.