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Update - 11/1/2019

Stanford has withdrawn its long-term land use permit application and will focus on deepening engagement with local communities. Read the statement.

Guest Opinion: Tax revenues from Stanford lands support Palo Alto schools

Jean McCown

Jean McCown is associate vice president for government and community relations at Stanford University.

Stanford's application to Santa Clara County for a renewed land-use permit has initiated a robust community discussion about the role Stanford plays in Palo Alto and our other local communities. We welcome the dialogue, and we appreciate the opportunity to engage in a constructive and fact-based discussion about the shared future of Stanford and our region.

One topic of interest has been Stanford's financial contribution to the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD). The ongoing success of Palo Alto's public schools is very important to the Stanford community, and Stanford has a long history of partnering with PAUSD in support of local public education.