As we reach the holiday season, I have not only overstuffed myself with my Nana’s tamales, I’ve also learned to give back and love. I can only wish that our state elected officials in the majority can do the same. Public education in this state has been undermined and demeaned from the get-go of the Ducey administration.

As a high-school student, I have seen and heard many young people throughout Arizona who go through our public schools but don’t get the education they deserve due to the lack of funding the state provides. This Christmas, on the top of my list, I’m asking the many Republican Santa Clauses in our state Legislature to give back to our public schools by establishing a modernized education funding mechanism that can give our schools the money they deserve.

Patrick Robles

I have an itch to lead and serve the school, and community I love. I am currently the Freshman Class President of Sunnyside High school and am in many clubs that work to create a better environment for students. I serve on two youth councils. And I am proud of my culture and where I come from, which is Tucson, AZ.