My book, _How to Walk to School: Blueprint for a Neighborhood School Renaissance _(Foreword by Arne Duncan and Afterword by Rahm Emanuel), has a very simple message: Every kid, in every community, deserves a great neighborhood public school. I led eight moms in a Chicago diner to make our dreams come true.
If eight park moms could pull our little neighborhood school out of its twenty-five year nose-dive, surely other driven parents could do the same thing. If we could spark a national grassroots school reform movement that would pull us all out of the giant mess we're in, now wouldn't that be something?
JACQUELINE EDELBERG has been the driving force behind the Nettelhorst School's dramatic turn around, a story that has been featured on Oprah and Friends, NPR, CNN, 60 Minutes, Education Weekly, and in the local Chicago media. A community organizer, writer, and nationally recognized fine artist, Jacqueline has led workshops for the Community Schools Initiative, Northside Parents Network,