News from my hometown:

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.

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.

A copy editor and proofreader wouldn’t hurt either.

Full PDF of reading list here (as of today still not corrected)

These are the last 4 entries under “Eleventh and Twelve Grades”:

typos“Gypsy” should be “Gatsby”
“The Last Shot” should have colon not comma
Enrique Krauzo is actually Enrique Krauze
Frederick Douglas should be Frederick Douglass
(*extra credit for getting both the title and author wrong)

Training our future leaders…I’m nauseous….