The national education association (nea) is dedicated to promoting the cause of public education and the teaching profession. the organization boasts a membership of 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, support professionals, administrators, higher education faculty, and student teachers. the group's key issues include the no child left behind act, professional pay, education funding, minority community outreach, dropout prevention, achievement gaps, and other matters facing america's schools. nea also hosts read across america, a one-day reading event held on dr. seuss' birthday. the group was founded in 1857.