Teachers dance during a protest outside the state capitol in Raleigh, North Carolina on May, 16 2018.  The state has struggled to recruit and retain teachers in the last decade. But K-12 researchers are particularly concerned with a shortfall of Black and brown teachers in a state where the majority of students are students of color. (Photo by Logan Cyrus / AFP)        (Photo credit should read LOGAN CYRUS/AFP via Getty Images)
North Carolina Students Really Need Black and Brown Teachers

A diverse teaching staff can boost test scores and attendance for students of color. It can also be a matter of life or death.