In 1857 100 teachers united as one voice on behalf of public education. NEA has worked since then to improve the conditions in which educators work and students learn. When the organization was founded, reading and writing was a privilege for most children, and it was a crime for enslaved Africans to learn to read. Today, public education and the teaching profession work to ensure that every American child receives a free education, despite race or gender, citizenship, religion or spoken language,…