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The melody has almost stopped in Sweetwater Unified High School District’s game of musical chairs.

In the wake of a pay-for-play scandal involving four of the district’s five school board members, all seats are up for grabs in the election coming up in a couple weeks.

But voters only have to worry about electing one member for their portion of the district, as new election laws are making the candidates run in specific areas within the district instead of the district as a whole.

READ MORE: Three Big Reforms That Came out of the Sweetwater Scandal

Administrators are hoping that the change in rules, along with a ceiling on campaign donations, will make the school district more accountable and avoid any future scandals (though these measures weren’t easy to pass).

In this week’s San Diego Explained, Voice of San Diego’s Scott Lewis teams up with NBC 7’s Catherine Garcia to explain the new rules and the scandal that prompted them.

Matthew Hose

Matthew is a freelance contributor to Voice of San Diego. You can reach him at

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