SIOUX FALLS, SD – The organizers of the now-viral Dash for Cash event have apologized and donated additional funds to area educators.
Sioux Falls Stampede and CU Mortgage Direct apologized Monday afternoon, saying that “although our goal was to provide a positive and enjoyable experience for educators, we can see how offensive and degrading it appears towards the participating teachers and the teaching profession as a whole.”
First Dash for Cash is organized to give 10 teachers a chance to compete for $5,000 that will help fund their classes. CU Mortgage Direct donated the money.
Teachers earned more than $5,000, and each walked away with a minimum of $500, according to Jim Olander, president of the Sioux Falls Stampede Hockey Club.
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But after a video (above) garnered millions of views, reaction on Twitter was swift, with people comparing it to the Netflix series “Squid Games” and calling it offensive.
In their apology, Sioux Falls Stampede and CU Mortgage Direct said they would provide an additional $15,500 for area teachers. They said that 31 teachers had applied to participate in the event and 10 were randomly selected. Each of the 10 teachers will receive another $500, and the other 21 teachers who were not selected will also receive $500.
The teacher’s salary is among the worst in the country
South Dakota has consistently ranked as one of the worst states for teacher salaries despite providing an estimated $500 million in government aid to all 149 school districts for the 2022 fiscal year.
In 2020, teachers earned an average of about $49,000 for the fiscal year and ranked 50th in the United States. That’s up from $42,000 in 2016.
Governor Kristi Noem has prioritized increasing funding for K-12 education, and the Department of Education has set a target salary of $52,600 for teachers for 2022, according to Sioux Falls Argus Leader, part of the USA TODAY Network.
In her budget letter to the state legislature in early December, Noam proposed a 6% increase in state aid to education and said it should go directly to teachers.
“Events like this show that our education system is disrupted — not just in the Sioux Falls area but across the state,” Tim Eckart, president of the Sioux Falls Education Association told Argus Leader Monday. “It’s time to realign our priorities by focusing on getting money back into our students’ education.”
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