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The mayor, as the charter mandates, is a mere instrument of implementation, “responsible for the proper execution of all laws relating to the District, and for the proper administration of the affairs of the District coming under his jurisdiction or control.”

None of this is to even remotely suggest that the mayor and council won’t spar again, as well they should during the upcoming review of the mayor’s fiscal 2013 budget request.

On Wednesday afternoon, to cite but one contentious issue, the school system’s central-administration spending remains under a cloud of smoke and mirrors.

Tsk, tsk, tsk.

Here we go again.

Deborah Simmons can be reached at dsimmons@washingtontimes.com.