Plans have been proposed to open a charter school for students with special needs in Albany, N.Y. "There is a real need out there," said Sheri Townsend, who has a son with autism and would head up the new school. The Mosaic Stone Charter School could begin enrolling students in grades K-2 beginning in fall 2011 if it wins state approval, and it would add a grade each year through sixth grade. Merryl Tisch, the state Board of Regents chancellor and a critic of the special-education services offered by charters, said the school could become a model for the state.

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