On NY School's Summer Reading List: 30+ Typos

Students advised to read 'The Great Gypsy,' Emily Bonte

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 10, 2013 1:25 PM CDT

(Newser) – Good news, students of Hempstead Public Schools: You won't be wading through F. Scott Fitzgerald's version of that Leo DiCaprio movie this fine summer vacation. Rather, you'll be searching endlessly for a tome called The Great Gypsy—at least according to the district's summer reading list, which Newsday points out contains a whopping 30-plus typos. Similarly, the school is recommending authors Emily Bonte, George Ornell, and David McCulloch in the list, which is for students in pre-K through "twelve grade."

Hempstead itself wasn't immediately commenting, but a rep for New York state's Board of Regents blamed a chaotic administration: "It indicates again that a stable administration is absolutely essential for kids to get the kind of education they need. Hempstead has not had a stable administration for a long time and the kids are suffering."

Long Island's Hempstead Public Schools would like its students to read something called "The Great Gypsy" over summer break.   (Shutterstock)
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