Oquirrh Institute

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The Oquirrh Institute describes itself as a "public policy, solutions-oriented think tank" working to "shine early light on emerging public policy dilemmas and to create innovative solutions." [1] [2]

Its main program areas are: [3]

  • Moving to Competency-Measured Education - supporting No Child Left Behind Act-type standards for students and re-examining the "preparation and certification of teachers"
  • Improving Environmental Management - addressing conservation and energy issues
  • Advancing Health Information and Research - "to secure health and medical information from families to enhance the Utah Genetic Reference Project"
  • Enhancing Governance Through Technology - including online commerce and sales tax, domestic security during high-profile events, and considering how the "diverse data systems" already existing within the United States could be "linked together to maximize available information," including for Homeland Security purposes

According to the Department of Education's Office of Inspector General report on Department PR expenditures in fiscal years 2002 through 2004, Oquirrh and the National Council on Teacher Quality received $677,318 in 2003 - 2004, to "increase the American public’s exposure and understanding of the research and full spectrum of ideas on teacher quality." [4]

Contact Information

Oquirrh Institute
4001 So. 700 East, Suite 230
Salt Lake City, Utah 84107
Telephone: (801) 261-5176
Fax: (801) 261-5187
Email: oquirrh AT oquirrhinstitute.org
Website: http://www.oquirrhinstitute.org

SourceWatch Resources

External links

  • Department of Education Office of Inspector General, "Review of Department Identified Contracts and Grants for Public Relations Services" (ED-OIG / I13F0012), issued September 1, 2005; available in MS Word (432K) and PDF (214K) formats.
  • Greg Toppo, "Report: Education Dept. funds need monitoring," USA Today, September 3, 2005.