Priscilla Ibrahim and four of her friends created a group on their own called “the student union” to fight for education reform. “Last year we became familiar with all the waste and mismanagement the school board had been doing with money, making class sizes larger and cutting extracurriculars," said Ibrahim during her lunch break from school.
Ibrahim who is a senior at Carlsbad High School said she has noticed significant increases in class sizes.
“In my AP psychology class there are not enough desks. There are 40-something students in statistics class, and same in AP English. If that’s how it is with the AP classes, I can’t imagine how it is for the regular classes,” she stated.
Ibrahim and her friends knew Ray Pearson through Speech and Debate where he often helped as a volunteers and getting judges for their competitions.
“We knew he’d be an advocate for the students on the school board, that’s why we encouraged him to run,” explained Ibrahim.
Pearson said they did help encourage and inspire him to run for CUSD Board of Trustees.
In return, Ibrahim said they plan to help Pearson with his campaign by handing out fliers and going door to door in Carlsbad, which is good practice since Ibrahim herself wants to eventually go into politics.