Long Island school district suggests ‘The Great Gypsy’ for summer reading

Hempstead Public Schools issued a summer reading list with at least 30 errors. The state board of education says it’s the result of a lack of administrative stability. Read on, MacBeth.

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Students at Hempstead Public Schools on Long Island, N.Y., might well be asking for those non-existent books and authors at their local libraries after the school district posted a summer reading list that includes those gaffes and quite a few more. By the Associated Press’s count, the list includes more than 30 errors.

The AP contacted the New York State Department of Education’s Board of Regents to ask about the list. In a statement, the board replied: “Hempstead has not had a stable administration for a long time, and the kids are suffering.”

That’s a fairly grave response to what seems like a pretty funny story about some misspelled book titles and author names, but the Hempstead district clearly has been having serious problems of late. Last month, Newsday reported that the district had changed some students’ failing grades to passing marks in order to avoid confrontations between students and teachers, an administrator said.

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