He wasn't going to get the NEA endorsement anyway.
This tax credit for homeschoolers doesn't really fly. There are too many people in society that contribute to the funding of public schools that don't have children in the system to allow it. Additionally, there are all sorts of concerns in the homeschooling community about qualifying for something like this. When you've got some states that highly regulate homeschooling and others that don't even have it codified---it gets sticky pretty quickly. It doesn't bring me a millimeter closer to voting for him at all. It does make me wonder who is counseling him about the issue though.
''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,'' he said.
Romney supports giving parents more educational options, through charter schools or vouchers, but he said legislation should be done on a state level.
''I really hesitate to have the federal government become too involved in local schools,'' he said.
Romney also said teachers are underpaid and better teachers should be rewarded with more money.
''I'd like to see there be a relationship between the pay of the teacher and their performance, their career track, their ability to mentor other students,'' Romney told more than 100 people at a children's museum in this early voting state. ''We need to treat teachers like the professionals they are and not like people manufacturing widgets on an assembly line.'' NY Times