ATLANTA (WXIA) -- It's one of the most emotional issues any parent and child can face...the loss of their local school.
It's happening in school systems all over the metro area and now it's the city of Atlanta's turn.
School closings can also have a tremendous impact on real estate values.
That's one of several reasons why Atlanta City Council members are now involved in the process of closing as many as 13 of the city's 85 schools.
They got a briefing on the redistricting plan from the City School Board and Superintendent Erroll Davis Wednesday afternoon.
They were told it's a simple math problem...too many empty seats.
"A lot of these buildings were built, of course, to support children who were there, in many instances, because of large housing projects which are no longer there; the children are no longer there," explained Superintendent Davis.