By Associated Press - Friday, April 17, 2015

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) - School officials in Rock Hill are negotiating with the Catawba Indian Nation on an unpaid tuition bill that could range up to $4 million.

The Herald of Rock Hill reported (https://bit.ly/1CT51eP) that the school board in Rock Hill authorized the negotiations this week.

The 1993 settlement involving state and federal governments and the Catawbas allows the schools to charge out-of-district tuition rates for children on the tribal reservation.

The payments compensate the school district for lost taxes when tribal land was removed from the property tax rolls.

The Catawbas have disputed that provision but have twice lost legal challenges to the South Carolina Supreme Court. The school system has a court judgment against the Catawbas, ordering them to pay the tuition.



The current tuition is nearly $4,200 per pupil.

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Information from: The Herald, https://www.heraldonline.com

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