American National Council of Teachers of English - on reading
"Reading is the complex act of constructing meaning from print. We read in order to better understand ourselves, others, and the world around us; we use the knowledge we gain from reading to change the world in which we live....(see link for complete statement)"
Nicely worded statement about the value of reading, how we learn to read, and support for reading initiatives. Other policy statements about reading-related issues can be found here: http://www.ncte.org/positions/reading