Whom the U.S. chooses in the 2012 presidential election might well set the future course for homeschooling in America.

As families who cherish the freedom and right to teach our children with Bible-based homeschool curriculum, we need to be informed and scrutinize the agendas of each candidate. To help you make an educated vote next month, learn where Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican Gov. Mitt Romney stand on key issues.

(Note: The information listed on this page has been provided solely as a courtesy and does not endorse a political candidate).

President Barack Obama at a Glance
Profession - President of the United States, lawyer
Wife: Michelle
Daughters: Sasha and Malia

Gov. Mitt Romney at a Glance
Profession - Former governor of Massachusetts, CEO of Bain & Company
Wife: Anne
Sons: Tagg, Matt, Ben, Craig, and Josh

HOMESCHOOLING

Obama: In his 2008 book, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, Obama wrote, "None of these policies needs discourage families from deciding to keep a parent at home, regardless of the financial sacrifices. For some families, that may mean doing without certain material comforts. For others, it may mean home schooling ... Whatever the case may be, such decisions should be honored."

In his prepared remarks for a 2009 back-to-school speech to Virginia students, he said, "When I was young, my family lived in Indonesia for a few years, and my mother didn't have the money to send me where all the American kids went to school. So she decided to teach me extra lessons herself, Monday through Friday at 4:30 in the morning."

Romney: Romney believes parents who want to homeschool their kids should be able to do so. To help them, he will provide a tax credit to help defray the educational expenses of parents who homeschool their kids.

"I also believe parents who are teaching their kids at home, homeschoolers, deserve a break, and I've asked for a tax credit to help parents in their homes with the cost of being an at-home teacher," Romney said in 2009.

EDUCATION

Obama proposes doubling funding for Pell Grants and establishing a college tax credit, as well as:

• Partnering with states to raise K-12 educational standards and rewarding states for participating in the Race to the Top program

• Forgiving remaining student loan balances for teachers and public service professionals after 10 years of service

• Capping repayments on federal student loans at 10% of income

• Calling for incentives to keep the best teachers in the classrooms

• Giving states the flexibility to create their own plans for reform, relieving states from certain restrictions of the No Child Left Behind law

• Expanding and strengthening Head Start and Early Head Start

• Investing in community colleges to provide education and career-training programs

• Ensuring a good future for veterans through the post-9/11 G.I. Bill, which has helped more than 800,000 veterans and their families pursue an education

• Producing the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by the year 2020

• Allocating funds to develop tests that align with common core standards

Romney proposes replacing current regulation with innovation and competition, as well as:

• Allowing low income and special needs students to choose which school to attend by making Title I and IDEA funds portable

• Welcoming private sector participation

• Tying federal education directly to reforms that expand parental choice

• Building on the success of effective charter and digital schools

• Expanding the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program to serve as a model for the nation

• Reforming No Child Left Behind by emphasizing transparency and responsibility for results

• Attracting and rewarding great teachers through increased flexibility

• Strengthening and simplifying the financial aid system

• Rewarding teachers for results instead of tenure

HEALTH CARE

Obama supports increasing the access and affordability of health care, as well as:

• Strengthening Medicare through The Affordable Care Act

• Putting women in control of their health and stopping insurance companies from charging women more than men for the same coverage

• Ensuring access to free preventive care for everyone through Obamacare

Romney proposes repealing and replacing Obamacare, as well as:

• Pursuing policies that give each state the power to craft a health care reform plan that is best for its own citizens

• Promoting free market, fair competition and empowering consumers to make their own choices

• Blocking grant Medicaid and other payments to states and limiting federal standards on both private insurance and Medicaid coverage

• Preventing discrimination against individuals with pre-existing conditions who maintain continuous coverage

JOBS & THE ECONOMY

Obama supports initiating the Recovery Act, as well as:

• Continually adding jobs to the manufacturing industry and encouraging growth

• Eliminating tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas and creating incentives for businesses to bring jobs back to America

• Reforming Wall Street and ensuring that big banks operate by the same rules

Romney supports rebuilding the economy through free enterprise and innovation, as well as:

• Reducing taxes, spending, regulation, and government programs

• Increasing trade, energy production, human capital, and labor flexibility

• Relinquishing power to the states

TAXES & THE BUDGET

Obama supports cutting taxes for working Americans, as well as:

• Asking millionaires to pay their fair share of taxes with no household making more than $1 million annually paying a smaller share of their income than a middle-class family pays

• Investing in education, manufacturing, and infrastructure

• Bringing discretionary spending to its lowest level as a share of the economy in more than 50 years

• Reducing the deficit by more than $4 trillion over the next decade

Romney supports a fairer, flatter, and simpler tax policy, as well as:

• Repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax

• Making a permanent, across-the-board 20 percent cut in marginal rates

• Maintaining current tax rates on interest, dividends, and capital gains

• Switching to a territorial tax system

CIVIL RIGHTS

Obama supports equal pay for equal work, as well as:

• Ensuring that women can get birth control, preventive care, and breast and cervical cancer screenings with no co-pay or deductible, which are stipulations of Obamacare

• Allowing women's health care choices to be personal decisions

• Supporting marriage between same-sex couples

Romney supports overturning Roe v. Wade, as well as:

• Barring the use of federal funds for abortions, as outlined in the Hyde Amendment

• Preserving the tradition of marriage between a man and a woman

• Repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Sources: www.barackobama.com, www.mittromney.com