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, our Legislative Liaison, Melanie Elsey, attends 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 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, co-hosted by Dave Zanotti and Wayne Shepherd.

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

Legislative Issues Explained

5-Year Homeschool Reg Review

Explaining the Process

Ohio law requires most agencies that promulgate rules / regulations for the Ohio Administrative Code complete a review of the rules at least once every 5 years. The State Board of Education (SBE) is the rule making authority for the Ohio Department of Education. 

Diploma Fairness

No More Descrimination

Newly enacted Ohio Revised Code 3313.6110 will put an end to the growing pattern of unnecessary discrimination against students who have obeyed state law in Ohio.

Common Core

Should homeschoolers be concerned about the Common Core?

All citizens, regardless of their family’s educational choice, should be very concerned about the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI). 

College Credit Plus

Brief Information on College Credit Plus…