COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Monday he signed into law a bill that would lessen training requirements for armed educators.

He made the announcement on House Bill 99 at the Ohio Department of Public Safety with Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and two Republican lawmakers, Rep. Thomas Hall (R-Madison Township) and Sen. Frank Hoagland (R-Mingo Junction).

Rep. Thomas was the bill’s sponsor. Previously, the training required up to 750 hours.

“At the end of the day, what we are talking about here is empowering our local schools to make the best decision for their students and educators so that our children feel safe and are safe in Ohio schools,” Hall said. “We have worked tirelessly on this bill to do our part in protecting our schools and our communities.”

The new law would require up to 24 hours of initial firearm training and eight hours of training every year after.

“(The bill) really kind of restores the school’s ability to — if they want to, it’s their choice — but to have a teacher have a gun. Up until the Supreme Court decision a year ago in Ohio, the decision was you could arm a teacher if you wanted to,” Gov. DeWine said.

The bill would allow school boards to decide whether they would have teachers armed. Districts could also require more training than the initial 24 hours.

“Every school would make its own decision,” DeWine said Monday.

Shari Obrenski, president of the Cleveland Teachers Union, said members voiced serious concern about the bill.

“I’ve had some of my members say, if they were to allow guns into our schools, they would leave the profession,” said Obrenski. “They would pack it up and call it a day. We are asked to do so much. Now to ask us to be the police professionals in all of this is a bridge too far.”

Gov. DeWine announced funding in the state budget he plans to sign Tuesday that would help create behavioral assessment teams in every district and other safety measures, including physical upgrades in school buildings.