Hello Commissioner King:
Children do not belong to the government. They are not a future labor force for Exxon Mobil, Microsoft, and Wal-Mart. They are autonomous individuals who, for a certain portion of their lives, are in the care of teachers and school administrators and who should be treated with love, respect and an understanding of their unique aptitudes and needs. Information about their academic performance is something to be shared with parents and caretakers, so as to help them do better, not put into a national data base. It is the needs of children and families that should be foremost in shaping what takes place in schools; not the country's global economic position or the needs of its largest corporations. What you are supporting represents an erosion of democratic traditions, as well as a prescription for making the schools of New York State a place of fear and stress.
It is time for you to resign.