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I see no basis for the repayment. They never objected to your attending, and allowed you to go. The amount is not large enough for them to pursue beyond a letter, as a lawsuit is more expensive. No contractual basis for their claim. I would not be concerned.
I would not write them anything yet. I would contact the other parent in writing and demand honor the commitment and if needed file in court. The school is not going to care about who is responsible, and expect you to pursue it between you.
In other words, the school just wants to be paid, so you need to pursue the parent by letter and if needed court. A local lawyer can pursue that for you!!
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and they have no legal right to demand it unless you agreed to repay it in writing in advance.
They could have blocked you from attending but did not. They have no claim whatsoever against you.
I hope that is clear, feel free to follow up.