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Hempstead, NY School District Assigns F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gypsy” For Summer Reading

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Hempstead School District on Long Island assigned it’s students an interesting summer reading list. On the list is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s apparent masterpiece, “The Great Gypsy”, George Ornell’s “Animal Farm”, and “Wuthering Heights” by an author named Emily Bonte.

More from Newsday:

The Hempstead Public Schools has some unique items on its summer reading list this year: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gypsy,” and authors George Ornell and Emily Bonte, to name a few.

The list, for students pre-K to “twelve grade,” has more than 30 mistakes, including misspellings of authors’ names and book titles.

A call to Hempstead superintendent Susan Johnson was not immediately returned.

In a statement provided to News 12 Long Island, Roger Tilles, a member of the New York State Department of Education’s Board of Regents, said, “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.”

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