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Wurtzel Leaving Education Department

Judy Wurtzel, the deputy assistant secretary for planning, evaluation and policy development, is leaving the U.S. Department of Education to focus on "family and work part-time," she wrote in an email to colleagues yesterday.

Today is her last day at the department, where she worked under Assistant Secretary Carmel Martin and helped shape the department's school improvement strategy.

"The past two years have been extraordinary for the Department and for education reform across the country. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to contribute to this effort," wrote Wurtzel, who served as the executive director of the Aspen Institute's education program before Education Secretary Arne Duncan tapped her for his team.

UPDATE (1:30 p.m.): We've heard that Denise Forte, the director of education policy for the House Committee on Education and Labor, will replace Wurtzel. No official confirmation yet from the education department folks.

UPDATE (2/11): It's official. She starts Feb.14.

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