A group which supports education options for the poorest children is supporting passage of a bill before the General Assembly. The purpose of the legislation is to create scholarships for the state’s neediest students in low-performing districts. Tax credits would be available to individuals and corporations contributing to a fund to send kids to better schools. Donayle Whitmore-Smith of St. Louis, President of the Missouri Coalition for School Choice, says thousands of kids stand to benefit. She points out this is not a voucher program and would take no taxpayer dollars set aside for public schools. The bill has cleared a House committee and is awaiting action on the House floor.