Footage of public school teachers in Sioux Falls, South Dakota scrambling on an ice rink to gather one-dollar bills for school supplies went viral over the weekend, with labor leaders and economic justice advocates pointing at the video as the latest evidence that schools are drastically underfunded and corporations and the wealthy must pay their fair share in taxes.\r\n\r\nOnlookers cheered Saturday night as the teachers participated in the first-ever \u0022Dash for Cash\u0022 at a hockey game. Five thousand dollars in one-dollar bills were laid out on a mat on the ice and the educators were given five minutes to stuff the cash into their shirts so they could use the money to buy school supplies and pay for classroom upgrades.\r\n\r\nThe money was donated by a local mortgage company, CU Mortgage Direct, according to The Guardian.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHuman rights attorney Qasim Rashid called the competition \u0022dystopian,\u0022 \u0022disgusting,\u0022 and \u0022dehumanizing.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Tax billionaires already,\u0022 he tweeted.\r\n\r\n\u0022South Dakota treats international money launderers better than teachers.\u0022\r\n\r\nSouth Dakota is one of the lowest-ranked states in terms of education spending. According to census data, the state spends more per student than only 13 other states.\r\n\r\nTeachers in the state also ranked last-in-the-nation for compensation in 2016 and in 2021, according to the Argus Leader, a newspaper based in Sioux Falls. The chronic low funding for public education sparked a teacher walkout in the city in early 2020. South Dakota teachers are paid an average of $48,984 per year.\r\n\r\nA 2018 survey by the U.S. Department of Education showed that teachers in the state spend an average of $350 of their own money to pay for classroom supplies.\r\n\r\n\u0022My mother was a public school teacher in South Dakota. She also worked as a waitress and housekeeper to make ends meet,\u0022 said organizer Nick Estes in response to the Dash for Cash. \u0022This video shows how South Dakota teachers are humiliated just to fund their classrooms today. Imagine the U.S. military having to do this for their money.\u0022\r\n\r\nWhile teachers in South Dakota are left scrambling for money to pay for school supplies, as Common Dreams reported last week, the state has become a haven for ultra-rich people looking to hide their assets and avoid taxes. More than 80 out of 106 trusts in the U.S. are located in South Dakota, granting secrecy and protection to the wealthy and powerful.\r\n\r\n\u0022South Dakota treats international money launderers better than teachers,\u0022 tweeted Jason Linkins, deputy editor at The New Republic.\r\n\r\nThe state is also ending 2021 with an $86 million budget surplus, noted Kooper Caraway, president of the South Dakota Federation of Labor.\r\n\r\nLast week, Republican Gov. Kristi Noem proposed a 6% increase in education funding for next year, but South Dakota Education Association Loren Paul warned the increase is not enough to fix chronic problems with underfunding.\r\n\r\n\u0022Our problem is the years where we don\u0026#039;t even meet inflation, and we\u0026#039;ve had several of those,\u0022 Paul told local outlet KELO last week.