Column: Education before age 5 is so important to young Floridians

As a new school year is under way, more than 230,000 Florida children have stepped into kindergarten to begin their primary education, and perhaps 30 percent of them are not really ready to succeed.

In Florida, age is the sole determining factor for entry into public kindergarten programs. But child education experts — and common sense — will tell you that age alone is not the best way to measure readiness.