Sometimes the problems Latin teachers face aren't the closure of a programme ... from News 8 Austin:

Ginny Lindzey is passionate about teaching Latin at Porter Middle School. She's also is passionate about what is and isn't getting done at the Capitol.

Lawmakers are under court order to change the way the state pays for schools, but with fewer than 10 days in the second special session there is still no solution.

"Let's fire them all and send them all back home. They've had how many sessions now? And some of them are getting paid and not even being there. That was in the newspaper today," Lindzey said.

That report states lawmakers may collect a $128-per-day allowance whether they are working or not. Lindzey doesn't think that's fair, especially considering the latest special session may be another bust.

"We have to keep going. We have deadlines. We have hard deadlines and we can't just say, 'Oh well, we just didn't agree, so we just can't do it.' We don't have that luxury," Lindzey said.

But as she and other teachers sit in a classroom preparing for school to begin in less than a week, she does find comfort in the latest pledge from Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. In a letter to Texas Education Agency Commissioner Shirley Neeley, they've both pledged almost $300 million for the new textbooks.

That doesn't mean everything is fine. The new books mean last-minute revisions for Lindzey. For some teachers it can mean completely new lesson plans.

The state's textbooks would have been paid for sooner, but lawmakers chose to include them in their school finance reform bills. A regular session and two special sessions later, they finally decided to keep textbooks separate.

"The fact that they were holding up our textbooks with everything else as some kind of bartering tool, hoping that that would force people to crater on other issues, is just flat out wrong," Lindzey said.

Whatever the reason for tying new books to school finance reform, lawmakers have now changed their minds just five days before Lindzey begins the school year.

The new book money will replace old health, foreign language and fine arts books.

Both the House and Senate are adjourned until Tuesday.