Sunday, May 06, 2007

University of Florida school won't bear Jeb Bush name

The Florida House dropped its plan to name the University of Florida's College of Education after Jeb Bush.

Rep. David Rivera, R-Miami, had originally advanced the proposal to name the UF school the "Jeb Bush College of Education,'' after saying he was irked that the university's Faculty Senate had denied the former governor an honorary degree earlier this year.

But Wednesday, Rivera added an amendment to the university naming bill that did not include the Bush proposal but did name the presidential home at Florida International University after former President Ronald Reagan. The House voted 114-0 for the measure. The Senate endorsed the House amendment before sending the bill to Gov. Charlie Crist on Thursday.

As for the Bush proposal, Sen. Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland, a UF graduate who sponsored the original naming bill, said: "It's not going to happen.''