Van Hollen said in the opinion released Thursday that state law requires the state Department of Public Instruction to determine who pays for the classes.
[caption id="attachment_39694" align="alignright" width="300"] Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen[/caption]
The state budget allowed high school students to enroll in up to two courses from qualified higher educational institutions at a time, with school districts picking up the cost.
But in May, UW announced it would cover the roughly $1 million tuition cost for one year.
John Johnson, a spokesman for DPI, says going forward UW needs to work with school districts to come up with a way to pay for the classes that is cost-neutral for both.