Gov. Deval Patrick is planning to join hundreds of students and teachers from the University of Massachusetts and community colleges at the Statehouse.

The students are hoping to press lawmakers to back Patrick's education proposal after gathering on Beacon Hill today.

That plan includes additional funding for higher education paid for by tax increases.

Patrick has proposed a school investment plan he says will expand access to education for students from birth through high school.

The plan would also make college more affordable and let community colleges expand efforts to provide students with critical skills training.

Patrick has said his plan, which totals $550 million in its first year and increases to nearly $1 billion annually over the next four years, will help ensure "a high-knowledge, well-skilled workforce."