The former head of education in Arkansas says the state needs to do a better job of recruiting top teachers to the states neediest schools. Ray Simon now serves as an assistant secretary in the US. Department of Education. He spoke yesterday to the Arkansas boards of education, higher education and workforce education. Simon told the group that bringing top teachers to the impoverished Arkansas Delta should be a priority. The federal No Child Left Behind Act mandates that teachers of core academic subjects be highly qualified by the end of the 2005-2006 school year.