We rank the top schools in 20 districts, celebrate Brutus at 50 & more.

The November issue may set a record for the number of adorable faces featured on aColumbus Monthlycover.

Our adorablecover models are students at Clinton Elementary School, which (spoiler alert!) ranks as the No. 1 elementary school in 20 Columbus-area public school districts, according to this month's "Best Schools" cover story (read it in print on page 63). Director of photography Will Shilling spent more than an hour in the school gymnasium with his patient subjects one day in October. From the looks of it, they were having a ball.

In ranking the top 20 public elementary, middle school and high schools in the area, we enlisted some help. Ohio State University political science professor emeritus Herb Weisberg performed the data analysis that led to our rankings. (He also did ourBest Suburbsrankings in 2013). Weisberg is an expert in studying voter behavior via statistical models. For this story, he used a standard method called factor analysis, which finds underlying themes, or correlations in a big set of data.

Also in this month's issue: we spoke to the former Ohio State student who named Brutus 50 years ago; askedsome of the oldest and youngest veterans living inCentral Ohio to share their stories; and took a look at Ohio's crippling heroin epidemic. The issue also gives you a chance to meet (or become reacquainted with) the magazine's new publisher, Ray Paprocki, and editor, Eric Lyttle.