08/05/2011 10:51 am ET Updated Oct 05, 2011

WATCH: An Easy Way To Understand The Federal Role In Education

Figuring out how, exactly, the guys in Washington can have a direct hand in the classroom down the street can be complicated sometimes.

In this video by The Foundry, the conservative policy news blog from The Heritage Foundation, a story told about Steve -- the president of a homeowners' association -- filters things down to the basics.

Read more at The Foundry.