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SEC. 215. POWERS OF THE COUNCIL.

(a) HEARINGS.--
(1) IN GENERAL.--The Council shall, for the purpose of carrying out its responsibilities, conduct such hearings, sit and act at such times and places, take such testimony, and receive such evidence, as the Council considers appropriate.
(2) LOCATION.--In carrying out this part, the Council shall conduct public hearings in different geographic areas of the United States, both urban and rural, to receive the reports, views, and analyses of a broad spectrum of experts and the public on the establishment of voluntary national content standards, voluntary national student performance standards, voluntary national opportunity-to-learn standards, and State assessments described in section 213(f).
(b) INFORMATION.--The Council may secure directly from any department or agency of the United States information necessary to enable the Council to carry out this part. Upon request of the Chairperson of the Council, the head of such department or agency shall furnish such information to the Council to the extent permitted by law.
(c) POSTAL SERVICES.--The Council may use the United States mail in the same manner and under the same conditions as other departments and agencies of the United States.
(d) USE OF FACILITIES.--The Council may use the research, equipment, services, and facilities of any department, agency, or instrumentality of the United States, or of any State or political subdivision thereof with the consent of such department, agency, instrumentality, State or subdivision, respectively.
(e) ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENTS AND SUPPORT.--
(1) IN GENERAL.--The Secretary shall provide to the Council, on a reimbursable basis, such administrative support services as the Council may request.
(2) Contracts and other arrangements.--The Secretary, to the extent appropriate and on a reimbursable basis, shall enter into contracts and other arrangements that are requested by the Council to help the Council compile and analyze data or carry out other functions necessary to the performance of the Council's responsibilities.

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SEC. 214. ANNUAL REPORTS. Table of Contents SEC. 216. PUBLICATION FOR PUBLIC COMMENT.