Ann Brown, associate metropolitan school supervisor in Little Rock, Ark., has been named the new desegregation monitor for the Pulaski County schools.
U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright named Ms. Brown to succeed Eugene Reville, the first metropolitan supervisor, who died last year as a result of injuries suffered in an automobile crash.
Ms. Brown's job will be to monitor compliance with desegregation plans for the county's three school districts that have been approved by the federal district court that is overseeing the case.
Mayor Sharon Pratt Dixon of the District of Columbia last week said she supports the reintroduction of corporal punishment into the city's schools as a way to help teachers regain authority and ensure discipline in their classrooms.
In an interview scheduled to air this week on the "NBC Nightly News," Ms. Dixon told of her own days in the Washington public schools and how students feared the wrath of teachers and the principal.
Vada Manager, Ms. Dixon's press secretary, said the Mayor does not see spanking, which is not officially sanctioned in Washington schools, as "a sole answer to discipline problems."
But, he added, "This is certainly one concept that she indicated she supported."
The Mayor is also planning an education "summit" later this year to address curriculum issues, Mr. Manager said. But corporal punishment is not expected to be a "major agenda item" at the event, he noted.