We all remember that one teacher that made an impact on our young impressionable lives back in the day. They were either the teacher that let you watch movies on a rainy day, they brought in snacks and extra pencils on test days or they dropped words of wisdom that you didn’t realize how powerful they were until years later. They were the closest thing we had to family outside of the house.

A study held at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics found that students taught by teachers of the same race had a long-term impact on their lives. More specifically, low-income black students that had at least one black teacher in elementary school significantly increased the chances of them graduating high school and even considering furthering their education to college.

According to U.S. News, researchers studied approximately 100,000 black students who enrolled in third grade in North Carolina’s public schools between 2001 and 2005 and found that the risk of dropping out for black students decreased by 29 percent if that had at least one black teacher in third through fifth grades.

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