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'The Great Gypsy,' Ornell on Hempstead reading list

The Hempstead School District said Thursday that it disciplined the employee responsible for releasing a summer reading list riddled with errors, but the district neither specified the reprimand nor revealed the worker's position or identity. Videojournalist: Jessica Rotkiewicz (July 11, 2013)

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.

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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." 

Click here to see the full reading list, or scroll below.  


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