School Inspection Law of March 11, 1872
§ 1. By annulment of any contrary regulations in individual regions, the supervision of all public and private school and educational institutions is solely under the control of the state.
Accordingly, all authorities and civil servants charged with this inspection are acting on behalf of the state.
§ 2. The appointment of local and district school inspectors and the demarcation of their supervisory districts is determined exclusively by the state.
The commission given by the state to elementary school inspectors is revocable at any time, provided that they hold this position as a voluntary or secondary office.
With this, all regulations to the contrary are rescinded.
§ 3. The right of municipalities and their organs to participate in school inspection remains unaffected by this law; the same applies to Article 24 of the Constitutional Document dated 31 January 1850.
§ 4. The minister of ecclesiastical, school, and medical affairs is commissioned with implementing this law.
Source: Preußische Gesetz-Sammlung [Prussian Law Collection], 1872, p. 183.
Original German text reprinted in Ernst Rudolph Huber and Wolfgang Huber, Staat und Kirche im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert. Dokumente zur Geschichte des deutschen Staatskirchenrechts [State and Church in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Documents on the History of German State-Church Legislation], vol. 2, Staat und Kirche im Zeitalter des Hochkonstitutionalismus und des Kulturkampfs 1848-1890 [State and Church in the Period of High Constitutionalism and the Kulturkampf 1848-1890]. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 1976, p. 530.
Translation: Erwin Fink