Arkansas education officials say steps taken to improve the public school system could improve the state ranking in teacher salaries from 44th in the nation. Education Department director Ken James says the state has already taken some dramatic steps. A survey by the American Federation of Teachers was based on salaries from 2002-2003. James says a $2.7 billion investment by the state will bring further improvements. The president of the Arkansas Education Association says school districts have to use some of their new money to give teachers raises if Arkansas wants to move up the salary list.