Although there is some information similar to that given in Gene Maeroff's The School Smart Parent (LJ 4/1/89) and Sherry Ferguson's Parent Power (LJ 4/15/89) on parental supplementing of the school's program, the focus of this book is on working through a PTA group to learn about and to improve local schools. As director of communications and programs for the National PTA, Cutright is aware of the work and potential of her organization. Each chapter, on helping children learn, identifying good and poor teachers, etc., has several pages of brief reports on activities and projects of local PTAs that are relevant to the topic. There is practical advice on AIDS, sex and drug education, latch-key children, parent-teacher conferences, and making parent's voices heard. A valuable book.-- Shirley L. Hopkinson, San Jose State Univ. Lib., Cal.