Melanie Elsey

CHEO Legislative Liaison

Christian Home Educators of Ohio is honored to be a watcher on the “legislative wall” in the state of Ohio.

To this end, Melanie Elsey, monitors monthly State Board of Education meetings, provides up-to-date analysis of pending legislation, interacts with legislators on both sides of the aisle and works closely with HSLDA …all to help protect Ohio homeschool families.



Melanie Elsey

Melanie Elsey has been on staff with CHEO since 1994. Over the years she has been instrumental in safe-guarding the rights of families to freely home educate.  Having formerly taught in the public schools, she left the classroom to focus on home educating her (now grown) children. Melanie’s work today primarily focuses on researching public policy and communicating with state and federal legislators regarding the impact
on families and communities.

In addition to her work with CHEO, Melanie serves as the National Legislative Director for the American Policy Roundtable and is a Panelist on The Public Square® radio broadcast. She can be heard weekly bringing the message of responsible citizenship to the public on The Public Square® radio program.

Melanie lives in Uniontown, Ohio with her husband, John.



Legislative Issues Explained

A New Beginning

Home education is now defined in codified law and has also been simplified for all home educating families.

State regulations that have been in place for over 30 years will now be repealed.

College Credit Plus

College Credit Plus is a program from the state of Ohio with opportunities for home educators.

Watch an instuctive video:  HERE

Diploma Fairness

Ohio law provides that a high school diploma may be granted by parent or guardian at the completion of the student’s high school education,

For the complete statute,
click below.

Ohio Tax Credit

Since the summer of 2021, Ohio law has allowed a state income tax credit for home instruction expenses.

For the complete statute,
click below.