List of 2012 U.S. Teacher Protests


“The students are doing it, why aren’t we?”

- Teacher in response to List of 2012 Student Protests Regarding Education

The response received from my list of student protests was pleasantly overwhelming. With that being said, I didn’t want it to stop there. I received a lot of responses like the one mentioned above, and while I was making the student protest list, it was apparent that teachers weren’t staying silent either. I think teachers deserve their credit!

Furthermore, I think it is important to realize both as students and as teachers that we hold a common vision. I believe we cannot win this battle as divided groups. Separately, we are undoubtedly very powerful and have voices that deserve to be heard. Each group withholds passion and determination to prohibit the crumbling of our futures in the hands of corporate education reformers. Now, if we could find a way to collectively work together, as students, teachers, parents, and community on a national level…

I found 96 protests, which is about 60 less than how many student protests I found. If you know of any other teacher protests that have taken place, please let me know so I can add it to the list.


April 14 – Alabama educators, politicos protest education funding cuts

AEA Rally




February 15 – Central High teachers protest blacklisted books in Arizona

May 7 – Calexico teachers protest outside school district




February 14 – Parents, Teachers Protest LAUSD Budget Cuts

Thousands of parents and teachers protested Tuesday outside Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters against proposed budget cuts.

February 22 – Elk Grove Teachers Protest District Cuts 

April 4 – Teachers protest House Bills 974 and 976, refer to it as ‘Judgment Day’

April 13 – Teachers and student protest teacher layoffs 

May 2 – Teachers, Parents, Students protest busing cuts

May 4 – Teachers protest removal after sex abuse scandal

May 8 – Los Angeles Board of Education meeting on May 8th over cuts to all counselors, nurses, psychologists, psychiatric social workers, and teacher librarians. We presented the school board with 600 petitions based on Williams Complaints which is a lawsuit that concerns unequal services and access for all students. This is common in our schools — and our underserved populations of course are African American and Latino and lower income.

May 10 – Fresno teachers protest administrators

May 21 – Alameda School Teachers Protest Stalled Contract Negotiations

May 31 – Mission Bay teachers protest layoffs

June 13 – Parents, students, teachers protest proposed budget changes

June 18 – Teachers ‘Occupy’ Oakland School To Protest Closures

Parents who have been camping out at Lakeview Elementary School in Oakland talk to the media about their opposition to school closures. (CBS)

June 27 – Teachers protest furloughs aimed at closing budget gap


April 11 – Teachers, students, parents rally for education funding in Colorado


March 20 – Teachers protest tenure issue


April 25 – Teachers rally at Capitol again




May 15 – St. Lucie County teachers protest lack of raises:

July 2 – Teachers, students rally in reaction to Rocky Hanna’s


June 4 – Clayton County Teachers protest wage freezes




June 27 – Idaho teachers rally to stop “Luna-cy” laws


April 15 – Chicago teachers protest “Stand for Children” group

April 20 – COD teachers rally as contract talks continue

College of DuPage Facutly Association members rally during a COD board of trustees meeting on Thursday night. (Michelle Manchir/TribLocal)

April 20 – Union members protest Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels in Champaign 

May 5 – Teachers gather in Naperville to protest proposed pension cuts

Patty Dixon of Lisle, a teacher at South Middle School in Arlington Heights, joins a protest and march in downtown Naperville aimed at letting Governor Quinn and other elected officials know they are opposed to his pension reform plan.

May 18 – Teachers Protest In Naperville Against Quinn’s Pension Plan

May 23 – Chicago Teachers Union Protest || Article 2


June 27 – Parents, Teachers Rally For Fair Contract, Better School Conditions At Board Of Ed Meeting





April 18 – City High Teachers Battle Budget


June 25 – Holton Teachers Protest Contract

July 9 – Wichita teachers rally for raise




March 14 – Teacher protest closes schools in Louisiana

March 20 – Westlake, Louisiana teachers brave rain to protest

March 27 – Teachers protesting education reform, want Gov. recalled

Teachers from Calcasieu Parish gathered to express their opposition to Gov. Bobby Jindal's education reform plan.

April 4 – Teacher tenure bill passes Senate, teachers protest

June 6 – Jefferson Parish teachers hold large, charged-up protest outside School Board meeting

School board meeting




April 5 – Student programs, tutoring affected by teacher protest

May 30 – Harford: Teachers protest lack of raises, bonus and additional work


April 13 – Claremont Academy Teachers Protest School Overhaul

May 10 – Massachusetts Student Teachers Protest Outsource 


February 28 – Niles Teachers Protest Contract Offers

April 12 – Teachers Protest ‘State of Emergency’

April 13 – Monroe teachers protest district-wide pink slips

May 22 – Adrian Board of Education dominated by teachers’ protest


June 7 – Bel Air Elementary school teachers protest at end of school day










February 8 – Teachers Protest Classroom Sizes

April 13 – Teachers hold protest in wake of CCSD layoff threats

May 16 – Teachers Protest Layoffs

June 11 – Teacher Protest at CCSD Admin Building

New Hampshire


New Jersey

February 13 – Clifton NJ school teachers protesting

February 25 – NJ Teachers’ Union Thugs Protest at Student’s Home To Send Father A Messsage

March 12 – Clifton teachers expand protests over stalled contract 

Clifton teachers protest in front of the Clifton Board of Education building Monday.

March 23 – Newark teachers, staffers protest school ‘renewal’ plan


March 29 – Hundreds of Paterson Educators Protest Stalled Contract

April 25 – Rowan University’s American Federation of Teachers protest working without a contract

Rowan University's American Federation of Teachers protest working without a contract, April 25, 2012

 College of New Jersey professors rally to protest contract dispute

College of New Jersey professors protest during 'Day of Action' over contract dispute

May 9 – Ocean City teachers protest lack of contract

June 14 – Mat-Aberdeen teachers protest staffing changes

July 6 – Teachers, Parents, Students rally for ousted Englewood school teacher

New Mexico


New York

February 3 – Teachers, Students Protest DOE Plan To Cut Staff At Brooklyn

February 16 – Parents, Teachers, Students Protest against New York City school closings

March 2 – Teachers, students rally against standardized testing

May 4 – Students, teachers protest Onteora music schedule

North Carolina


North Dakota



May 30 – Parents, teachers protest Ohio’s school funding system

June 25 – Teachers protest against SB5 at Strongsville rally

Photo by TERRY BRLAS<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Strongsville teacher Amy McMillan shows her support for collective bargaining at a rally on Monday, March 7, at the Strongsville Commons. Collective bargaining would be drastically altered if the bill, which passed in the Senate, passes in the State House of Representatives.” /></a></p>
<p style=May 5 – Oklahoma Teachers Rally At State Capitol

Teachers say more money from the state legislature would be the biggest help, because students are not getting what they need.


May 11 – Portland teachers and students march into downtown to protest school cuts

Portland teachers and students march into downtown to protest school cuts

June 19 – Beaverton teachers protest music, library cuts


May 2 – Students, Parents, Teacher Protest Upper Darby School District Cuts

May 23 – Harrisburg students, parents & teachers packed the steps of the capitol, fighting for public education to be a priority in the state budget -

June 14 – Teachers, students protest proposed school cuts at Pa. captial

Teachers, parents, and students rally at the Capitol while lawmakers inside close in on a deal to roll back proposed cuts in education aid. MARC LEVY / Associated Press

July 7 – Rally in Tunkhannock to support teachers

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Rhode island

March 1 – Union, Teachers protests teacher firings

March 13 – Providence Teachers Rally at City Hall

March 22 – Teachers rally against layoffs

South Carolina

April 13 – USC Students carry empty holsters to protest policy

South Dakota



April 15 – Teachers protest budget cuts, charter schools

June 11 – Widespread dissatisfaction with new teacher evaluations in Tennessee


February 23 – Teachers protest longer workday outside DISD headquarters 

March 2 – Teachers & students rally against standardized testing


April 22 – Utah teachers rally against changes they say harm schools


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January 17 – Teachers protest workload

January 23 – VA teachers rally for state pension funding

February 14 – Prince William County Va. Teachers Protest

February 17 – Teachers protest against lawmakers

February 23 – Teacher Protests Widen

February 28 – Teachers rally at Richmond City Hall

March 2 – Teachers Protest Pay Freeze

School teachers lined the sidewalks at Prince William Parkway and Minnieville Road in Woodbridge Friday to protest a plan to freeze teacher pay rates for the next three years.

March 8 – Roanoke teachers rally against General Assembly

March 30 – Frederick County teachers protest frozen pay with work-to-rule move


March 20 – Teachers rally against proposed health care changes

March 27 – Seattle teachers protest against budget cuts

Washington, DC

March 30-April 2 – Teachers and Supporters of Public Education Occupy Department of Education

West Virginia



April 17 – Teachers, supporters protest Wisconsin Governor’s Appearance in Troy

May 24 – Wisconsin public school teachers protest the publication of their salaries in flier 



Additional Projects

Adjunct Project

New Jersey Teacher Activist Group (NJTAG)

22 thoughts on “List of 2012 U.S. Teacher Protests

  1. Reblogged this on Copy & Paste and commented:
    Now here is a pretty cool idea. Stephanie Rivera, a 20 year old junior at Rutgers has compiled an extensive list of 2012 Teacher Protests. According to her bio, Rivera is determined to “battle the inequality in the education system, and ultimately empower future generations of world changers.” That’s what I’m talking about right there.

  2. I agree teachers need to be paid well, have fair contracts and all of that…. AND…. did you notice that the majority of protests are about teachers and their salaries and working conditions?

    Doesnt that feed into the ed deform’s sub narrative that teachers are greedy and selfish and dont care about kids?

    I would suggest that teachers change the narrative…. ED REFORM HURTS CHILDREN, ED REFORM ABUSES CHILDREN, TEACHERS LOVE CHILDREN, SO TEACHERS WILL STOP IMPLEMENTING ED REFORM THAT ABUSES CHILDREN…. the data on ed deform is there to support this narrative; you will get much more public support AND you will, at the same time, get support for your calls for fair salaries/working conditions/contracts/keeping tenure etc

    The other thing I notice is the relatively small numbers of teachers protesting in MOST of the images… we have that trouble in Seattle – getting teachers OUT THERE…. …. Ignorance and Apathy seem to be huge factors… what are the unions doing, in rallying more people to the cause?

    As one teacher said to me: We need to use our OUTSIDE voices…. STAND UP, STEP UP, FIGHT BACK, GET FREE!

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  4. Thank you for this Stephanie Rivera! I wanted to add a protest at the Los Angeles Board of Education meeting on May 8th over cuts to all counselors, nurses, psychologists, psychiatric social workers, and teacher librarians. We presented the school board with 600 petitions based on Williams Complaints which is a lawsuit that concerns unequal services and access for all students. This is common in our schools — and our underserved populations of course are African American and Latino and lower income.

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