The state of Alaska has not passed any laws regarding the teaching of CRT at any level. The debate has heated up in the summer of 2021, with Kenai and Anchorage school districts adopting some elements of CRT into their curricula, and pushback among parents and citizens. A bill has been pre-filed for the 2022 legislative session to address CRT in schools.

K-12 Education

The debate over CRT in primary education has not escaped Alaska, with parents in the Kenai and Anchorage school districts fighting against their adoption of anti-racist curricula. (https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/alaska/articles/2021-07-14/kenai-officials-critical-race-theory-not-part-of-curriculum) (https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/education/2021/04/25/the-anchorage-school-board-has-passed-anti-racism-and-instructional-equity-policies-what-happens-next/)

After parental outcry, Anchorage walked it back some, removing resources from the library. (https://mustreadalaska.com/anchorage-school-district-quietly-removes-critical-race-theory-reading-list/)

Meanwhile, some teachers have vowed to defy any resistance to, or laws banning, the teaching of CRT. (https://mustreadalaska.com/alaska-teachers-among-those-who-signed-pledge-that-no-law-will-stop-them-from-teaching-critical-race-theory/)

A legislator has pre-filed a bill for the 2022 legislative session that would ban CRT in public schools in Alaska. (https://mustreadalaska.com/rep-mckay-prefiles-bill-relating-to-critical-race-theory-in-alaska-schools/)

Higher Education

No statewide mandate exists to require Alaska colleges and universities to add CRT, anti-racism, bias training, or the like to the student experience. However, several public institutions have implemented such programs on their own.