A report released this year by the National Education Association found that students of color suffer academically because there isn't a racially or culturally diverse teaching force in the K-12 system.
With kids of color now the majority in public schools, it's led to fierce debate about whether the race of the teachers matters.
Related: Diversity in preschools: Does teacher race or quality matter more?
Deepa has been looking into this with her Early Years Education Hat on. Just how important is the diversity of teachers when it comes to preschool children?