State education director Ken James urged a special legislative committee today to adopt recommendations for changes within the agency. James outlined 19 priorities that he based on a management analysis by James Smith of Management Analysis and Planning Incorporated. Most of them addressed recruiting and retaining qualified department employees with competitive salaries. James says the departments 400 employees will be critical to implementing new school district accountability standards. They will also play a key role in helping newly consolidated districts deal with court-ordered public school reform.