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Thelma Melendez Leaves Education Department

Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana, a former district superintendent in California who became the assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education at the U.S. Department of Education, is leaving the federal government to go back to the West Coast.

She will be the new superintendent of the 58,000-student Santa Ana school district in Orange County, Calif., the Orange County Register reports.

There's no word yet on her replacement at the Education Department, where she'll wrap up her work in the next couple of weeks. UPDATE, 2:31 p.m.: Michael Yudin, the deputy assistant secretary in that office, will take her place—at least for the time being.

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