If the economy truly rules the world then why haven't economics classes been required learning in our schools?

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Barbara Gray is an economics teacher at University High School and Steven Reff is an economics teacher at Pueblo Magnet High School, as well as, an adjunct lecturer in the Eller College at the University of Arizona

In 1995, the Arizona legislature passed a bill limiting sex-education in schools.

Tucked inside that bill was a single sentence that repealed the state requirement for high school students to graduate with a course in economics; and the Tucson Unified School District quickly eliminated it as a required class in its schools.

But now, after a 15 year hiatus, a semester of economics will once again be required for all graduating seniors beginning in 2012.

But, in the backdrop of one of the worst economic depressions in our nation's history, is one semester enough?

Not according to Barbara Gray and Steven Reff.

Barbara is an economics teacher at Univeristy High School and will soon become the Director of Programs for the Thomas R Brown Foundations, a group that promotes economics education and teacher training throughout Southern Arizona.

Steven Reff teaches economics at Pueblo Magnet High School and serves as an adjunct lecturer in the Eller College at the University of Arizona, while traveling the globe training economics teachers with his online textbook, Reffonomics.

On this week's Teachers' Voices, Barbara and Steven discuss the issues surrounding economics education in our state.

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(Funding for the production of Teachers' Voices is provided by Wells Fargo and the University of Arizona College of Education. The series is produced by Matt Felix for Arizona Spotlight.)